Creating interlocking letters in InDesign is easy – if you know the secret of the Paste Into command. We’re here to give you the secret.
We’re going to use our initial, DDP, to go from bland text on top of each other to pizzazz interlocking text.
Step 1 – Type the text in three text blocks and properly align them. They will overlap one another but not be interlocking. Our goal is to turn the overlapping letters into interlocking letters.
Step 2 – With the Selection Tool, select the red D. We’re going to paste a portion of the red D over the green D.
Step 3 – Copy the letter to the clipboard (^C). You can’t paste it if you haven’t copied it. This is the step I am most likely to forget because I’m already thinking about step 4.
Step 4 – With the Rectangle Tool, draw a small rectangle over the area of the red letter that you want to be on top of the green letter. The blue bounding box in the image below shows the rectangle I’ve drawn.
Step 5 – With the rectangle you just created still selected, from the Edit menu select Paste Into (^-alt-V). Voila! You have now interlocked the two Ds. You’re half done.
Step 6 – Repeat Steps 2 through 5 to interlock the D and the P. Here’s the finished product:
Easy, easy, easy when you know how. Now go have fun with it!
(By the way – the embossed effect on the letters were also created in InDesign.)