Use the Gradient Feather in InDesign CS6

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Steps

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    To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign
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    You can do that by clicking the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner. This will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
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    Click "Adobe InDesign" if it's on the list
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    InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
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    Alternatively, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen
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    Then, type "Adobe InDesign".
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    Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it
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    You'll be taken to your workspace.
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    Click "File" on the bar at the top-left of the window
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    Move the cursor to "New" and click "Document..."
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    Alternatively, you could click "Open...". This will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document and on how to open an existing document.
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    Click "OK"
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    Then once the document is open, click "Rectangle Tool"
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    For more information on how to create shapes, refer to the tutorial on how to use "Rectangle Tool", "Ellipse Tool", and "Polygon Tool".
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    Add a "Fill" color by clicking the drop-down menu at the top
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    You can also add a "Stroke" color
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    Create a shape by clicking and dragging the cursor
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    Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
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    This tool is also located in the vertical toolbar.
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    Click your shape
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    When your shape is selected, it will have a blue outline with corners, letting you know that it is ready for editing. You can select more than one object by pressing the "Shift" key on your keyboard.
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    Next, click the icon for the "Gradient Feather Tool" in the vertical toolbar
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    The icon looks like a gradient color in a rectangle. When you select this tool, the mouse pointer will become a cross shape.
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    Click your selected shape
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    This will add a gradient.
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    You can also change the color by clicking the "Fill" color drop-down menu
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    Double-click the "Gradient Feather Tool" icon on the toolbar
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    This will bring up some extra settings.
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    Drag the "Effects" window of the way if needed
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    Check "Preview" in the bottom-left corner
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    You'll be able how the changes effect the shape.
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    You can click the spectrum for "Gradient Stops" several times
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    You can see how the fill is even for the shape by default. Clicking the spectrum will add stops.
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    You can click and drag any gradient stop
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    This will affect the gradient color.
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    Click the "Opacity" arrow
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    Click and drag the "Opacity" scroller
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    This changes the currently selected (clicked) gradient stop on the spectrum.
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    Click another gradient stop
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    The triangle above the square will become slightly darker for the selected stop.
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    Click and drag the "Opacity" scroller for the selected gradient stop
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    In this video, the gradient fill starts to look a bit metallic or reflective. The "Gradient Feather" effect is not just for the color. It can create textural effects for your objects.
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    Click the "Location" arrow
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    Click and drag the "Location" scroller
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    This moves the currently selected gradient stop. It works in the same way as clicking and dragging gradient stops.
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    You can also click the "Location" percentage value
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    Then, type your value.
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    Click the "Type" drop-down menu
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    You can click "Linear" or "Radial"
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    Let's click "Radial". This effects creates an interesting and impressive design.
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    However, let's click the "Type" drop-down menu again
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    Click "Linear"
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    You can also click the icon to the right of the gradient spectrum with stops
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    This will reverse or mirror the gradient stops along the spectrum.
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    You can adjust the "Angle" value
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    You can do it by clicking the circle. You can also click and drag the line around the circle.
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    Alternatively, click the "Angle" degree value
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    Then, type your new value in degrees.
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    To apply the changes, click "OK"
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    The gradient effect will be added.
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