Uncover the Hidden Powers of InDesign’s Effects Panel

Excerpted from InDesign FX on lynda.com.

Using just InDesign—not Photoshop, not Illustrator—you can create amazing visual effects. But to enjoy the application’s full power, you need to know your way around InDesign’s Effects panel.

For example, were you aware that InDesign has the same 16 blending modes as Illustrator? Did you realize you can apply transparency effects to just a stroke, fill, or the contents of text and graphic frames?

In this tour of the Effects panel, you’ll see how targeting a blend mode can make sunglass lenses transparent without affecting the glasses frame. I’ll show you how controls within the Bevel and Emboss effect can turn a two-dimensional object into a realistic beach ball shining in bright sun. And that’s just the beginning. By the end of this tour, you’ll know how to adjust object opacity; change blending modes; apply effects; target the effects to different levels; and clear effects when you don’t want them.

Visit InDesign FX to watch more videos of effects projects you can complete in ten minutes or less.


Posted on: August 22, 2011

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of InDesignSecrets.com, InDesign Magazine, and CreativePro.com. He is also the author of several lynda.com video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

1 Comment on Uncover the Hidden Powers of InDesign’s Effects Panel

  1. Very well done and explained. I’ve used ID for years and rarely use the FX panel… I forget all about it. You opened up more ID possibilities for me. Thank you!

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