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Using other transparency effects


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Using other transparency effects

Drop shadows are nifty keen. Yes, I said that, I actually used the word nifty keen. But there are even niftier keener effects in InDesign. All kinds of special Photoshop like effects that you can apply to any object. Let me show you where to find them. I want to place a little bit of a glow behind this object. So I am going to is select it, zoom to 400% with Command+4 or Ctrl+4 and I am going to turn on my View > Display Performance > High Quality Display, that way I can see the quality of both the artwork and the transparency effect much better.
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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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InDesign CS6 Essential Training
8h 24m Beginner May 07, 2012

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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.

Topics include:
  • Getting started in just 30 minutes: the quick start guide to InDesign
  • Understanding your workspace
  • Creating and setting up new documents
  • Creating and applying master pages
  • Entering and editing text
  • Placing graphics
  • Working with color and gradients
  • Editing frame and path shapes
  • Working with layers, objects, and groups
  • Rotating and scaling objects
  • Applying character and paragraph formatting
  • Using styles
  • Creating and formatting tables
  • Exporting to EPUB and interactive PDF
  • Packaging, printing, and exporting your final document
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Using other transparency effects

Drop shadows are nifty keen. Yes, I said that, I actually used the word nifty keen. But there are even niftier keener effects in InDesign. All kinds of special Photoshop like effects that you can apply to any object. Let me show you where to find them. I want to place a little bit of a glow behind this object. So I am going to is select it, zoom to 400% with Command+4 or Ctrl+4 and I am going to turn on my View > Display Performance > High Quality Display, that way I can see the quality of both the artwork and the transparency effect much better.

I will open my Effects panel and I am going to apply an effect called Outer Glow. That's pretty cool. I will move this dialog box out of the way a little bit. It gives it kind of an ethereal look. As you can see there are many other effects that you can apply to objects inside this dialog box. I am going to hit the Enter key or Return key and close that dialog box and let's go apply another one. I will zoom out to fit the spread in the window and I am going to select this object, this picture at the bottom of my screen. The Effects panel tells me there's already an effect applied to that and I could see it.

It blends from fully transparent to not transparent. Let's take a look. I will double-click on the Effects icon and up comes the Effects dialog box which shows me that it has a Gradient Feather. There are actually three kinds of feathers in InDesign, the Basic Feather, Directional Feather, and Gradient Feather, and each of those controls how objects blend out or fade out from opaque to transparent. The Gradient Feather effect is the most powerful of all three, because it actually gives you gradient stops where you can control exactly how transparent the object should be at each point.

For instance, this gradient stop right here, which I just clicked on, says it's 100% opaque, which means no transparency. But on the other end of it, it's 0% opaque, fully transparent. Up above this there's a little diamond that moves back and forth. That lets you control how quickly it moves from one to the other. And because the Preview checkbox is turned on in this dialog box I can actually watch what's going on, on my page. Over here it's mostly opaque. If I drag it to the left it's mostly transparent.

I can even change the angle of this feather by dragging this line around. I will set it back to 90 degrees here. I like that look. You may notice that as I make those changes it's affecting this side of the image, but not this side. That's because this is actually a separate image, separate image, separate graphic frame, it just looks like it's connected. I will click OK, press Option+Page Down or Alt+Page Down on Windows and let's apply a couple of more transparency effects. How about to this text? Remember, you can apply a transparency effect to any object whether it's text, graphics, lines, anything.

I am going to zoom into 400% with the Command+4 or Ctrl+4 and I'm going to apply a Bevel and Emboss to give this a little bit of a 3D look. So while this is selected I will choose Bevel and Emboss. I will move this out of the way a little bit so we can see it better. Right now I can tell that this Bevel and Emboss effect is too strong, it's too big. You can barely see the 3D effect at all. But when I change the size down to about 2 points, you can see it looks much better. All right, that look pretty good. I will click OK and I am going to move down to the lower right corner of the spread by holding down the Option+Spacebar to get the grabber hand and then click and don't move so I get the power zoom mode.

Now I will just drag down to where I want to go and let go and it zooms back in. I'll select both of these frames and apply an inner shadow. This time I will do it from the Control panel. I will choose Inner Shadow and I can change the amount of shadow I see on the inside. You can kind of see a darkening in the upper left corner of each of these which gives a little bit of the 3D effect as though it's inset into the page. I am going to change the Opacity to something little darker maybe 85%. Then I will tab down and change the Distance to little bit less, maybe 4 points.

I will leave the Size alone, but I will change the Choke. The Choke value lets you control how quickly it fades out. And as I drag this slider to the right you'll see that it actually gets darker and darker and darker. That's crazy dark. So I'll bring it back in just to make it a little bit darker, a little bit more intense. Now the one last thing I need to tell you about having to do with transparency and this is an important one, it's how to get rid of it, how to delete the transparency. There are two ways to do that. You could drag the Effects icon down into the Trashcan or you could go to the Effects flyout menu and choose Clear Effects.

That applies all the effects applied to these objects. Obviously, the options for cool effects in InDesign are endless. In fact, check out Mike Rankin's title on InDesign effects here in the lynda.com Online Training Library if you want to see amazing effects that anyone can learn to do in InDesign. Sometimes it takes a little work to build these effects, but fortunately once you find an effect you like you could easily copy it to other objects. One way we saw earlier is to drag that little effects icon. Another way is to create an object style which I am going to show you how to do in the chapter on Styles In the next movie though, we'll focus on a third feature that lets you copy formatting, the Eyedropper tool.

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