043 Creating Spotlight Effects


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043 Creating Spotlight Effects

Did you ever wish you could shine a spotlight on one part of a design to draw attention to it? Or did you ever wish you could deemphasize other objects by partially hiding them in a shadow? You can create spotlighting effects by overlaying a design with gradient-filled objects and then applying blending modes to use the luminosity of the gradient to lighten or darken your design. Here I have just some text on a green background and even though it says it's so dramatic, it's really not very dramatic at all. It's just kind of sitting there. So I'd like to add some drama by creating a spotlighting effect.

So I'll start by creating a gradient in my Swatches panel. Open the Swatches panel and choose New Gradient Swatch and I'll call it mood lighting. I want a radial gradient. I'll start on the left of the gradient with 30% black, and on the right side of the gradient I'll use 100% black. And I'll move the midpoint down to about 25% and click OK. Now I'll p...

043 Creating Spotlight Effects
Video duration: 2m 22s 8h 7m Intermediate Updated Jul 08, 2014

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043 Creating Spotlight Effects provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Mike Rankin as part of the InDesign FX

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