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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.
Applying multiple effects to an object

Applying multiple effects to an object

You can apply several different types of transparency effects to an object. For example, you can create the impression that an object is embossed and that it has a glow around it by applying two transparency effects.

In this exercise, you’ll apply an embossed effect and an outer glow effect to the two semicircles on the page.

  1. Choose View > Fit Page In Window.
  2. Using the Selection tool (), select the Light Green–filled semicircle in the upper-left corner of the page.
  3. At the bottom of the Effects panel, click the FX button (), and choose Bevel And Emboss from the menu.
  4. In the Effects dialog box, make sure that Preview is selected so that you can view the effects on the page. Then specify the following settings in the Structure section:
    • Size: 0.3125 in
    • Soften: 0.3125 in
    • Depth: 30%
  5. Leave the rest of the settings as they are, and keep the Effects dialog box open.
  6. On the left side of the dialog box, click the check box to the left of Outer Glow to add an outer glow effect to the semicircle.
  7. Click the words Outer Glow to edit the effect, and specify these settings:
    • Mode: Multiply
    • Opacity: 80%
    • Size: 0.25 in
    • Spread: 10%
  8. Click the Set Glow Color box to the right of the Mode menu. In the Effect Color dialog box, make sure that Swatches is selected in the Color menu, choose Black from the list of colors, and then click OK.
  9. Click OK to apply the settings for the multiple effects.
  10. Next you will apply the same effects to the other semicircle on the page, simply by dragging the FX icon from the Effects panel to the semicircle.

  11. Double-click the Hand tool () to fit the page in the window.
  12. In the Tools panel, select the Selection tool (). If the green semicircle in the upper-left corner of the page is not still selected, select it now.
  13. With the Effects panel open, drag the FX icon () on the right side of the Object level to the page and directly on top of the green semicircle in the lower-right corner.
  14. Figure 12.9 Dragging the FX icon onto the semicircle (left and center) yields the result seen here (right).

    Now you will apply the same effects to the small gray circle on the page.

  15. In the Layers panel, click the eye icon () to turn off the visibility for the Art3 layer and then unlock the Art2 layer.
  16. Make sure the green semicircle in the upper-left corner of the page is still selected. Drag the FX icon () from the Effects panel onto the small gray circle above and to the right of the fish image.
  17. Choose File > Save.
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