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012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings

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Video: 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings

Basic feather gives you the ability to fade an object into the background but it works the same in all directions. What if you want to fade just one edge of an object or all the edges in a particular direction? Well you can with the Directional Feather effect. Let's see how it works. Here I have a simple document with one placed photo of some flowers and one text frame containing the words Directional Feather. I'm actually going to split the window into two by choosing Window > Arrange > New Window, and I'm going to do this so I can see the effect better.

012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings

Basic feather gives you the ability to fade an object into the background but it works the same in all directions. What if you want to fade just one edge of an object or all the edges in a particular direction? Well you can with the Directional Feather effect. Let's see how it works. Here I have a simple document with one placed photo of some flowers and one text frame containing the words Directional Feather. I'm actually going to split the window into two by choosing Window > Arrange > New Window, and I'm going to do this so I can see the effect better.

I'll drag the divider over to the left so I have one large window and one small window and in the small window I'll click on the placed photo of the flowers. This way when I apply the Directional Feather effect I won't see these frame edges highlighted and I can see the effect better. I'll choose Effects, double-click on the Object, and in the Effects dialog box I'll choose Directional Feather. I'll Feather from the bottom. I hold the Shift key down to my keyboard and tap the up arrow key a few times, and now I can see the bottom of the photo fade into the background.

I can also apply some noise to add a little randomness or I can add a whole bunch for a special effect. I'll take that back down to zero. I can apply Choke to the hard part of the feather and emphasize only the part of the object that's 100% opaque. So as I increase the Choke I hide the feather and eventually at 100% Choke the feather is completely gone and I only see the part of the photo that's 100% opaque. We'll get into Shape and Angle in a minute.

For now I'll remove the Choke and click OK, so I have my photo feathered from the bottom. Now I select the text frame. Again I'll go to the Effects panel and apply Directional Feather. I'll target the bottom and I'll feather the text from the bottom. Now I can see there are some problems going on here. I've not only faded the bottom of the text but I'm also starting to break up the letter shapes. You can see inside the H and F and the M I've broken through the letter shapes with my feather, and that's because I choose Leading Edges for Shape.

Anywhere there's a bottom edge that's getting feathered right now. I don't want that. I only want the absolute bottom baseline of the text being feathered. So for that, I'll change the Shape to First Edge Only. And that restores the letter shapes and just feathers from the bottom. That's something more like what I want. I'll click OK. Now let's see how some of those different feathering options work. Here I have four different objects. I'll select them and in the Effects panel I'll apply Directional Feather.

This time I'll feather from the top. I'll do about 30 pixels of feather from the top and we'll look at the different shape options. Right now it's set to Leading Edges so everything along the top edges of the object is being faded. If I choose First Edge Only, I can see that these sides of the star shape are returned. They're not feathered at all, and in my pentagon it's only coming from the center not from both of the top sides. And if I choose All Edges I can see in my star shape even these bottom edges are now being feathered.

I can also change the Angle. If I highlight the Angle and increase that I can rotate the feather around. One interesting thing you can do with Directional Feather is you can use it to create this sense that there's a deep gash in your document. I'll just start out by taking my Pencil tool. I'll press the N key on my keyboard and I'll draw sort of random shape, a very jaggedy shape like something is cracked and broken open in my document. I'll press Shift+X to exchange the stroke and fill, so I have a black filled object, and I'll double-click on the Object in the Effects panel and turn on Directional Feather.

I'll fade from the top, 30 pixels, and I'll choose for Shape, All Edges. So all the random jagged edges of my shape will be feathered and I'll click OK. I'll deselect and if I want to add an extra bit of color I can do that too. I'll switch to the Selection tool by pressing the V key on my keyboard, I'll copy the object, and choose Edit > Paste In Place or Command+Shift+Option+V, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V. In the Effects panel, I'll turn the effect off by clicking the Clear Effects button and in the Swatches panel I'll change the fill from black to this iceCrack swatch and reduce the Tint down to something low like 20%.

And finally, I'll send this object to the back by choosing Object > Arrange > Send to Back. And there I have it. I've created sort of a gash in my document. I could also use other shapes like this star for the same idea. Directional Feather gives you more control than Basic Feather when it comes to blending the edges of objects into the background. With Directional Feather, you can apply feathering at any angle and apply in three different ways: to a single edge, to the edges on one side of an object, or to all the edges at the same time.

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InDesign FX

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  1. 8h 7m
    1. 000 Welcome to InDesign FX
      2m 42s
    2. 001 Blurring Objects with Drop Shadows
      6m 26s
    3. 002 Creating Interlocking Objects
      3m 46s
    4. 003 Exploring the Effects Panel
      8m 43s
    5. 004 Creating Long Text Shadows with Type on a Path
      4m 23s
    6. 005 Making Shiny Effects
      4m 46s
    7. 006 Producing Slime
      6m 22s
    8. 007 Exploring Bevel and Emboss Settings
      5m 34s
    9. 008 Exploring Inner Glow Settings
      2m 9s
    10. 009 Building Better Bevels
      3m 16s
    11. 010 Punching Holes
      4m 26s
    12. 011 Exploring Basic Feather Settings
      2m 52s
    13. 012 Exploring Directional Feather Settings
      5m 15s
    14. 013 Getting Effects into Print
      8m 10s
    15. 014 Getting Effects into Ebooks
      4m 32s
    16. 015 Simulating a Polaroid Effect
      3m 15s
    17. 016 Creating Metallic Strokes
      3m 18s
    18. 017 Exploring Inner Shadow Settings
      3m 50s
    19. 018 Exploring Drop Shadow Settings
      6m 15s
    20. 019 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 1
      3m 59s
    21. 020 Simulating Multiple Strokes, Part 2
      3m 29s
    22. 021 Creating Metallic Chrome Effects
      3m 56s
    23. 022 Creating Glass and Plastic Effects
      4m 49s
    24. 023 Exploring Satin Settings
      6m 57s
    25. 024 Exploring Gradient Feather Settings
      3m 51s
    26. 025 Simulating Carving and Chiseling
      6m 42s
    27. 026 Understanding Transparency Blend Space
      8m 2s
    28. 027 Drawing Extrusions, Part 1
      5m 25s
    29. 028 Drawing Concentric Shapes
      3m 17s
    30. 029 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 1
      5m 29s
    31. 030 Creative Blend Mode tricks, Part 2
      4m 6s
    32. 031 Drawing Star Bursts
      6m 7s
    33. 032 Scaling effects
      3m 0s
    34. 033 Learning Pathfinder Tips and Tricks
      9m 10s
    35. 034 Learning Transform Again Tips and Tricks
      6m 39s
    36. 035 Creating Cast Shadows, Part 1
      5m 27s
    37. 036 Exploring Outer Glow Settings
      6m 45s
    38. 037 Understanding Perspective Drawing
      4m 38s
    39. 038 Drawing 3D Banners
      3m 23s
    40. 039 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 1
      6m 41s
    41. 040 Shearing to Create 3D Effects, Part 2
      6m 20s
    42. 041 Simulating a Ripped Background
      1m 53s
    43. 042 Creating a Breakthrough Effect
      2m 10s
    44. 043 Creating Spotlight Effects
      2m 22s
    45. 044 Backlighting an Object
      6m 8s
    46. 045 Simulating Stickers and Tape
      4m 23s
    47. 046 Creating Burnt Edges
      6m 26s
    48. 047 Creating Seamless Patterns
      8m 39s
    49. 048 Using Scripts to Create New Shapes
      6m 40s
    50. 049 Simulating Liquid
      2m 48s
    51. 050 Creating Editable Knockout Text
      5m 52s
    52. 051 Making Peeling Stickers
      5m 42s
    53. 052 Tips for Text Stroke Effects
      6m 44s
    54. 053 Creating 3D arrows
      3m 37s
    55. 054 Creating personal buttons
      4m 22s
    56. 055 Simulating leather with bevel and emboss
      4m 17s
    57. 056 Creating the effect of a magnifying glass
      4m 20s
    58. 057 Simulating a college notebook
      6m 11s
    59. 058 Using multiple effects to create plastic type
      3m 58s
    60. 059 Achieving a rough-hewn look
      2m 28s
    61. 060 Creating speech bubbles
      2m 41s
    62. 061 Creating buttons for interaction
      4m 37s
    63. 062 Creating wraparound headings
      5m 46s
    64. 063 Creating picture frames
      3m 24s
    65. 064 Customizing stroke styles
      5m 19s
    66. 065 Creating photo corners
      3m 44s
    67. 066 Making new shadow effects
      3m 19s
    68. 067 Making 3D type
      3m 15s
    69. 068 Making a 3D object
      5m 13s
    70. 069 Making translucent objects
      3m 10s
    71. 070 Mocking up a film strip
      4m 53s
    72. 071 Showing graphics as tiles
      3m 41s
    73. 072 Simulating chalk
      3m 7s
    74. 073 Using drop- and inner-shadows to create a cutout effect
      4m 30s
    75. 074 Applying multiple strokes with layers
      7m 1s
    76. 075 Enhancing design with skewed text
      3m 59s
    77. 076 Creating and revealing hidden objects
      3m 33s
    78. 077 Setting text vertically
      2m 51s
    79. 078 Achieving a developing Polaroid effect
      3m 38s
    80. 079 Creating ornamental frames
      5m 54s
    81. 080 Framing photos in letters
      4m 19s
    82. 081 Creating effects with paragraph rules
      3m 30s
    83. 082 Putting curved shadows on paper
      2m 40s
    84. 083 Building a puzzle
      2m 16s
    85. 084 Applying a gradient to text
      2m 2s
    86. 085 Creating a theater marquee
      4m 38s
    87. 086 Centering type on a curve
      2m 33s
    88. 087 Creating looks without fill
      2m 31s
    89. 088 Creating spiral patters from random lines
      3m 11s
    90. 089 Creating highlights at top and bottom
      3m 24s
    91. 090 Combining stroke styles
      2m 11s
    92. 091 Making a bottle cap
      1m 47s
    93. 092 Creating a 3D bevel effect behind a cover
      3m 30s
    94. 094 Making trading cards
      4m 43s
    95. 093 Creating custom frames
      2m 11s
    96. 095 Revolving an item around an object
      2m 44s
    97. 096 Creating old-fashioned spotlights
      2m 12s
    98. 097 Creating a rust effect
      1m 44s
    99. 098 Creating sparkle
      1m 54s
    100. 099 Double beveling text
      2m 24s
    101. 100 Creating a 3D pocket with bevel and gradient
      3m 2s
    102. 101 Creating metallic text
      3m 7s
    103. 102 Creating stained glass
      2m 53s
    104. 103 Bobbling a photograph
      4m 47s
    105. 104 Creating a lighted sign
      3m 9s
    106. 105 Creating a blue ribbon NEW
      12m 58s
    107. 106 Putting items on a shelf NEW
      6m 11s
    108. 107 Creating a shredded-document effect NEW
      4m 12s
    109. 108 Simulating a train-station display board NEW
      9m 54s

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