How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Want to create a stunning text effect in next to no time? While Photoshop is great for creating advanced type effects, you can also create similar designs using the Effects panel in Adobe InDesign.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Here we’ll put together a vintage type effect with letterpress-style detailing.The best news? This type effect only takes a few minutes to create. So what are you waiting for?

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

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How to Create a Vintage Text Effect in InDesign

For this effect, you’ll need a condensed font style (such asBebas Neue Bold, which is used here) and a paper texture image (try thisvintage paper backgroundfromPhotoDune).

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 1

Open upInDesignand go toFile > New > Documentto create a new document if you wish. If you want to integrate the effect into an existing InDesign document, you can skip this step and create the effect directly on your existing layout. Here I’ve set up the page toA3landscape, and theIntenttoPrint.

To create this vintage letterpress-style effect, you’ll need four color swatches—two pairs of different colored swatches in light and dark versions. Expand theSwatchespanel(Window > Color > Swatches)and selectNew Color Swatchfrom the panel’s drop-down menu. To create the swatches I’ve used here, add these CMYK swatches to your panel:

  • Blue: C=76 M=32 Y=1 K=0
  • Dark Blue: C=100 M=79 Y=46 K=53
  • Mustard: C=10 M=15 Y=73 K=1
  • Gold: C=25 M=35 Y=98 K=0

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 2

Expand theLayerspanel(Window > Layers)and create two layers:Backgroundat the bottom andTypeabove. Lock theTypelayer, so that we’re working onBackgroundfor now.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Take theRectangle Tool (M)and drag across the whole page, setting theFilltoMustardfrom theSwatchespanel.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Select theRectangle Frame Tool (F)and create an image frame over the top, with the same dimensions as the colored rectangle below. Go toFile > Place, choose your paper texture image, andOpen, allowing it to fill the frame completely.

With the image frame selected go toObject > Effects > Transparency,setting theModetoMultiplyand bringing theOpacitydown to50%.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Click onGradient Featherat the bottom of the panel’s left-hand menu. ChooseRadialfor theType, allowing the lighter part of the gradient to extend outwards from the center of the page. ClickOKto exit the window.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 3

Lock theBackgroundlayer and unlock the layer above,Type.

Take theType Tool (T)and create a large text frame in the center of the page. Type in your text, and set the font to your condensed style (or another style if you prefer), likeBebas Neue Bold.

Once you’re happy with the formatting of the text,Edit > Copy, Edit > Pastea copy onto the pasteboard to preserve a copy. Select the original text frame and head up toType > Create Outlines, to convert the text into a vector.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 4

From theSwatchespanel, set theFillof the vector to the paler of your dark swatches (here,Gold), and theStroketo the darkest (here,Dark Blue).

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Go toObject > Effects > Inner Shadowand apply aMultiply Modeshadow effect, with aGold Effect Color. Bring up theChoketo about40%andNoiseto around40%.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Click onInner Glowin the left-hand menu and apply aGoldeffect with a lowOpacity, and highChoke (70%)and highNoise (100%).

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesignHow to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 5

Select the vector andEdit > Copy, Edit > Paste in Place, shifting it slightly down and to the left using the arrow keys. Set theFillto[None]andStroketoGold.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Then go toObject > Effects > Transparencyand set theModetoMultiplyandOpacityto80%. This will give the effect a slight misprinted effect, adding to the vintage feel of the text.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Step 6

Edit > Paste in Placeanother copy of the text vector, and thenRight-Click > Arrange > Send to Back. Shift the position down and to the right, creating a shadow effect. Set theStroketo[None]andFilltoBlue.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

Go toObject > Effects > Drop Shadowand chooseDark Bluefor theEffect Color.Increase theSpreadto about60%and theNoiseto10%.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign

ClickOK, and you’ve finished your vintage type effect.

Conclusion: Your Finished Type Effect

Great job! This vintage type effect would make a great addition to poster artwork or as a cool logo for a branding project.

Looking forvintage-inspired fontsfor your next project? Head over toGraphicRiverorThemeKeeper Elementsto track down letterpress-inspired typefaces to give your designs a retro edge.

How to Create a Quick Vintage Text Effect in Adobe InDesign