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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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Adding a drop shadow to text

Adding a drop shadow to text

When you add a drop shadow to an object, the result is a 3D effect that makes the object appear to float above the page and cast a shadow on the page and objects below. You can add a drop shadow to any object, and you have the option to assign a shadow independently to an object’s stroke or fill or to the text within a text frame.

Now you’ll try this technique by adding a drop shadow to the “bistro” text.

  1. Using the Selection tool (), select the text frame that contains the word “bistro.” Hold down the Z key to temporarily access the Zoom tool, or select the Zoom tool (), and magnify the frame so that you can see the text clearly.
  2. Select the Text level in the Effects panel.
  3. At the bottom of the Effects panel, click the FX button (), and choose Drop Shadow from the menu.
  4. In the Options section of the Effects dialog box, enter 0.125 in for Size and 20% for Spread. Make sure that Preview is selected so that you can see the effects on your page.
  5. Click OK to apply the drop shadow to the text.
  6. Choose File > Save to save your work.
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