The Beauty of Stacked Strokes
Have you ever yearned to apply multiple strokes to on object in InDesign? Have you wanted more flexibility with your strokes than just a stroke and a gap color? For years now, I have wanted InDesign to be able to have the equivalent of the Illustrator’s Appearance panel, where I can apply multiple strokes and fills to a single object.
We can achieve a similar effect by stacking multiple strokes on top of one another. To do this, I’ll be using some custom stroke styles. To get the the Stroke Styles dialog box, open the flyout menu on the Stroke panel, and then choose Stroke Styles.
Setting Up the Stroke Styles
Here’s how I set up the five stroke styles I’ll be using. Each stroke will occupy 20% of the stroke width. To make it easier to see how each stroke style will correspond to the final design, I’ve color coded them.
Set up your Stack of Objects
Next, I’ve created a simple object that I’ll be applying these strokes to. This is a 1 point black stroke with no fill.
Next, I thicken and colorize the stroke. I increased the weight to 50 points, applied stroke style #1, and chose the Ice color.
Then I copy it, choose Edit > Paste in Place, and apply the Second stroke style and then Aqua color.
Because the stokes all have the same geometry, if you resize them together, the effect will stay intact.
You can use other types of strokes styles for interesting effects.
In part two of this series, I’ll show you a new plugin that will supercharge your ability to edit stacked objects.