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InDesign: Applying Effects
Version: Adobe InDesign 2020. Be aware that different versions of InDesign will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download
Effects can be applied to any element, such as text, shapes, and images. When an element is select, effects are accessible under the “fx” drop-down in the Options bar.
Changing the opacity of an object can be useful for overlapping shapes and creating interesting graphics. Opacity can be added to any layer, including text frames.
To change an object’s opacity:
- Select an element with the Selection tool.
- Locate the opacity drop-down menu in the Options bar, which looks like a checkered box with a percentage to the right.
- Click the drop-down menu and move the slider, or enter a new percentage. Experiment to find the best looking opacity for your object.
Adding a drop shadow can help text or images pop off the page.
To add a drop shadow:
- Select the element with the Selection tool.
- Click the “fx” button in the Options bar, and select the “Drop Shadow” option from the pop-up that appears. A new window will appear.
- Before making any changes, check the Preview box to the bottom-left. This will show a preview of any changes.
- Experiment with the options, such as Opacity, Angle, and Size, as desired.
- When done, click OK. The drop shadow will apply to the element.
To remove and effect, click the “fx” button from the Options bar, select the effect, and uncheck the effect in the list to the left of the window.
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- InDesign: Creating a New Document
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- InDesign: Using Guides
- InDesign: Layering & Object Arrangement
- InDesign: Using Text
- InDesign: Text Wrap
- InDesign: Text on a Path or Shape
- InDesign: Using Images
- InDesign: Drawing Shapes
- InDesign: Applying Color
- InDesign: Applying Gradients
- InDesign: Applying Effects
- InDesign: Errors & Troubleshooting
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