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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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Editing and removing effects

Editing and removing effects

Effects that are applied can easily be edited or removed. You can also quickly check whether any effects have been applied to an object.

First you’ll edit the gradient fill behind the restaurant title, and then you’ll remove the effects applied to one of the circles.

  1. In the Layers panel, make sure that the Art1 layer is unlocked and that it is visible.
  2. With the Selection tool (), click the frame with the gradient fill that’s behind the text “bistro Nouveau.”
  3. With the Effects panel open, click the FX button () at the bottom of the panel. In the menu that appears, the Gradient Feather effect has a check mark next to it, which indicates that it is already applied to the selected object. Choose the Gradient Feather option from the menu.
  4. In the Effects dialog box, under Gradient Stops, click the color stop (the small white square) at the right end of the gradient ramp. Change Opacity to 30%, and change Angle to 90°.
  5. Click OK to update the Gradient Feather effect.
  6. Now you will remove all of the effects applied to an object.

  7. In the Layers panel, turn on visibility for all layers.
  8. With the Selection tool (), click the small gray circle to the right and above the fish image on the right side of the page.
  9. At the bottom of the Effects panel, click the Clear Effects button () to remove all of the effects applied to the circle.
  10. Choose File > Save.

Congratulations! You have completed the lesson.