Lesson 2

Work with Opacity and Feathering

 

OBJECTIVE:
In this lesson, you will use the Effects panel to manipulate the opacity of InDesign objects and to apply a soft edge "feather" to objects.

Sample Solution

Lesson:  Change the Opacity of InDesign objects

  1. Click View (on the Application bar), point to Display Performance, then click High Quality display
  2. Make the InDesign Objects layer visible (on the Layers panel), then click the InDesign Objects layer to target it
  3. Click the Effects panel name tab to display the Effects panel
  4. Click the Selection tool, then select the dark orange object
  5. Click the Opacity list arrow (on the Effects panel), then drag the slider to 55%
  6. Select the blue semi-circle, click the Opacity list arrow, then drag the slider to 60%
  7. Deselect all

Summary:  You changed the opacity of two objects using the Opacity setting on the Effects panel.

 

Lesson:  Apply a feathered edge to InDesign objects

  1. Select the blue semi-circle, click Object (on the Application bar), point to Effects, then click Basic Feather
  2. Type ‘.125’ in the Feather Width text box, accept the default Diffused option in the corners text box, then click OK—the edge of the blue semi-circle now appears soft
  3. Select the orange object, click fx on the Effects panel, then click Basic Feather
  4. Type ‘.375’ in the Feather Width text box, then click OK
  5. Deselect all

Summary:  You applied different sized feathered edges to two objects.