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Transparency: Working with Effects in Adobe InDesign CS6

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You can apply transparency by using the nine transparency effects in InDesign. This excerpt from Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book shows you how.

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Applying a gradient feather

Applying a gradient feather

You can use the Gradient Feather effect to fade an object from opaque to transparent.

  1. Use the Selection tool () to click the Light Purple–filled vertical rectangle on the right side of the page.
  2. At the bottom of the Effects panel, click the FX button () and choose Gradient Feather from the pop-up menu.
  3. The Effects dialog box appears, displaying Gradient Feather options.

  4. In the Gradient Stops section of the Effects dialog box, click the Reverse Gradient button () to reverse the solid and transparent colors.
  5. Click OK. The purple rectangle should fade to transparent from right to left.
  6. Now you will use the Gradient Feather tool to adjust the direction of the fade.

  7. In the Tools panel, select the Gradient Feather tool (). Hold down the Shift key, and drag the pointer from the bottom to the top of the purple rectangle to change the gradient direction.
  8. Choose Edit > Deselect All, and then File > Save.

Next you will apply multiple effects to a single object and then edit them.

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