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Adjusting transparency

From: InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting transparency

What's the number one coolest, most amazing feature in InDesign? Well, XML of course. No, no, I'm just kidding, it's Transparency and we've already looked at how InDesign can import images with Transparency. Now let's take a step farther and look at how you can apply Transparency effects to any object in InDesign. I have my roux_flyer document open from my Exercise folder and I'd like to apply an interesting Transparency effect to this word ART. I'll zoom in to 200% by pressing Command+2 or Ctrl+2 to on Windows and I'm going to open that control central for all Transparency effects that is the Effects panel.

Adjusting transparency

What's the number one coolest, most amazing feature in InDesign? Well, XML of course. No, no, I'm just kidding, it's Transparency and we've already looked at how InDesign can import images with Transparency. Now let's take a step farther and look at how you can apply Transparency effects to any object in InDesign. I have my roux_flyer document open from my Exercise folder and I'd like to apply an interesting Transparency effect to this word ART. I'll zoom in to 200% by pressing Command+2 or Ctrl+2 to on Windows and I'm going to open that control central for all Transparency effects that is the Effects panel.

If you don't see your Effects panel in your dock, either switch to your workspace to Advance or grab it out of the Window menu. You can apply a Transparency effect to any object on your page whether it's a graphic, text, line or whatever. The first thing we're going to change here is the Opacity, how transparent this object is. Right now the opacity is set to 100% so you cannot see through this at all. But if I change this number to say 50% and hit Enter, you'll see that now you can actually see through it.

It looks dim but that's only because the dark image behind it is showing through. I can also use this little slider to the right of the field to increase or decrease the Opacity. The second Transparency effect you can apply here is its Blending mode, right now the Blending mode in this pop-up menu is set to Normal, but you can see that we have lots of different options here. Almost all the options from Photoshop and Illustrator are repeated here. So, for example, we can change this to Multiply, which kind of burns the effect in, or we could choose Screen which is just the opposite.

Multiply always makes the effect darker, Screen always makes it lighter. Note that if you want to see your Transparency effects as best as possible, you should go to the View menu and choose Display Performance > High Quality Display. That way you use the high-resolution images and high-quality Transparency effects. That doesn't affect how they're going to print out but it does make them look better on screen. Okay, that's looking pretty good. I'm going to scroll over and look at this big white box. I'll just zoom back a little bit here so I can see it a little bit better, here we go.

This white frame with all this black text in it looks pretty good, but I'd like to see through the white. Now I could select this, go to my Effects panel and change the Opacity to say 70%. But the problem with that is it makes the entire object 70% opaque, that is I can see through the background now but I can also see through the text. It made that black text kind of gray text. So I don't want to do that. Let me set the Opacity back to 100%. Instead what I want to do is change the Opacity of the background fill but not the text.

Fortunately the Effects panel lets me do that. It all has to do with what is selected in this list. Right now Object is selected which means that the Opacity and Blending modes are going to be applied to the entire object. In this case I'm going to choose Fill, now any change I make in the Effects panel will only affect the Fill of this object, so I'll change this to again 70%. This might not look that different on screen right now, but believe me it makes a big difference. The background fill is transparent, but the text is nice and solid.

By the way, you don't have to go to the Effects panel to do all of these things; some of these features live up in the Control panel as well. So even if the Effects panel is closed you can still get to them up here in the Effects panel. For example, I can change the Transparency from 70% to 75% here and it makes it a little bit less transparent. I can also tell InDesign what part of the object to effect in this pop-up menu here, where it says Object, Stroke, Fill, or Text. So once again adjust the Fill at 75%. Changing the Opacity or Blending mode of an object is cool, but it's just the beginning when it comes to InDesign's Transparency features.

In the next few movies we'll look at some of the most common Transparency effects, starting with everyone's favorite the Drop Shadow.

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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