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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.
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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