How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

This fun type effect gives a contemporary twist to pop art style. The best news? It only takes a few minutes to create, and you can do it directly inAdobe InDesign.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

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For this effect, you’ll just need a punchy font that looks great in upper case. Here I’ve opted forSimplo Heavy.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 1

OpenInDesign, create a new document and create two layers,Backgroundbelow andTypeon top (Window > Layers). LockTypeand let’s work onBackgroundfor a moment.

From theSwatchespanel(Window > Color > Swatches), create two new CMYK swatches in two contrasting colors. Here I’ve created aSky Blue, C=43 M=3 Y=0 K=0,and aRed, C=0 M=81 Y=68 K=0.

Take theRectangle Tool (M)and drag across the whole page, setting theFillto the paler of your two swatches, hereSky Blue.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Lock theBackgroundlayer and unlockTypeabove. Use theType Tool (T)to create a text frame in the center of the page, typing in your text and setting the font (here, toSimplo Heavy). From theSwatchespanel, set theFont Colorto[Paper].

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Select the text frame and head up toObject > Effects > Drop Shadow. Bring theOpacitydown to about20%to make the shadow very subtle. ClickOKto exit the window.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 2

Take theLine Tool ()and draw a diagonal line onto the page, to act as a guide for the angle of the shadow. This won’t in itself be part of the final design, but is simply for you to use to make sure all the lines of the shadow are parallel to each other.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Use thePen Tool (P)to start to build up the shadow shape, starting from beyond the bottom edge of the page and meeting the bottom point of the first letter. Keep clicking along, creating a rough shadow shape. Don’t worry for now about getting the angles absolutely perfect—we can sort that out later.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Keep working your way along the text, eventually taking the shadow down off the page and then uniting the silhouette.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 3

Right-Click > Arrange > Send to Back, to push the shadow behind the text.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

Use theDirect Selection Tool (A)to select individual anchor points on the shadow’s corners and tap the arrow keys to shift their position, using the line you created earlier as a guide.

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Finally, switch theFillof the shadow to your other swatch, hereRed, to really make the effect pop.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign

And there you have it, a pop art effect which makes any text look fun and exciting!

Conclusion: Your Finished Type Effect

This type effect is super fun and playful and would look great on magazine layouts or posters. Switch up the colors to create different looks and moods for the effect.

A clean and chunky headline font is essential for making this effect look modern and cool. You can find more great display fonts on GraphicRiver and ThemeKeeper Elements.

How to Create a Quick Pop Art Type Effect in Adobe InDesign