Apply Basic Feather in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to apply a "Basic Feather" effect in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon.
Clicking the Windows icon will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
Locate and click "Adobe InDesign CS6" on the list.
"Adobe InDesign CS6" has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
Otherwise, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and manually type "Adobe InDesign".
Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it.
Click "File" on the bar at the top-left of the window.
This way, you can create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" and "N". If you prefer, you can open an existing document from here as well. There are VisiHow tutorials on how to do these.
We skip through by clicking "OK".
You will have a document. "Selection Tool" will be automatically selected. It is the black arrow on the top of the vertical toolbar on the left side of the screen.
In this video, we create an object by using the "Rectangle Tool".
The object will be selected automatically with a thin blue frame. If you wish to select more than one object, hold "Shift" on the keyboard. The blue frame around the edge will tell us that our object is now selected.
First, go to the vertical tool bar and click "Gradient Feather Tool".
It looks like a horizontal rectangle with a gradient. A dialogue box will be revealed.
Uncheck the "Gradient Feather" option.
Click "Basic Feather".
Make sure you click the words and not just check the box; otherwise, you will not get the settings on the right-hand side.
Make sure the "Preview" box has been checked.
It is located at the bottom. It will update the object as you edit the values.
Next, change "Feather Width" by using the up and down arrows or by manually typing the value in the box on the right-hand side.
Type in inches or centimeters, and InDesign will convert it for you.
To change "Choke", type the percentage or click the arrow and drag the scroller around.
At 100%, you cannot tell that there is a feather effect, whereas it is much more diffused at lower percentages.
To change "Corners", click its drop-down menu.
Click "Defused", "Sharp", or "Rounded" in the "Corners" drop-down menu.
This will depend on what you wish to do with the object.
"Noise" can be changed manually by typing the percentage or by using the arrow to adjust the scroller.
This will add a grain effect.
Once you're satisfied with the settings, click "OK" at the bottom to apply the effect to the shape.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to apply a "Basic Feather" effect in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7. If you have any questions or comments regarding this video or the program used, then just add them to the comment section below. Thank you for choosing VisiHow!
Video: Apply Basic Feather in Adobe InDesign CS6
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