A set of simple InDesign scripts to automate a “random”, hand-set effect quickly and easily.
Scripts run through each letter, applying randomness to the baseline shift, rotation, scaling, and stroke thickness of each letter. It’s all stuff you could randomise by hand, but it’d take a while.
Put the “Rrrandom – rrry.me” folder here:
Mac: /Users/[USERNAME]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version [#]/[LANG]/Scripts/Script Panel
Win: C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#]\[LANG]\Scripts\Scripts Panel
Select some text, and double-click a script.
Warnings + tips
- Save your stuff first.
- This isn’t really undo-able (or you’ll be undoing one letter at a time). Save your work first, and use the reset tools to clean up text if you need to.
- Don’t try and apply the effect to too much text at a time, or be prepared to wait.
- Some of these effects may play havoc with kerning.
- If you add new text, you’ll need to select it and apply an effect again.
Feel free to poke around in the scripts. It’s inherently pretty simple stuff to extend and expand.
- You may have to apply a stroke colour before stroke thickness can be randomised.