You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to use "Gradient Feather" in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign
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.
Click "Adobe InDesign" if it's on the list
InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID" on it.
Alternatively, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen
Then, type "Adobe InDesign".
Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open it
You'll be taken to your workspace.
Click "File" on the bar at the top-left of the window
Add a "Fill" color by clicking the drop-down menu at the top
You can also add a "Stroke" color
Create a shape by clicking and dragging the cursor
Click the "Selection Tool" black arrow
This tool is also located in the vertical toolbar.
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.
Next, click the icon for the "Gradient Feather Tool" in the vertical toolbar
The icon looks like a gradient color in a rectangle. When you select this tool, the mouse pointer will become a cross shape.
Click your selected shape
This will add a gradient.
You can also change the color by clicking the "Fill" color drop-down menu
Double-click the "Gradient Feather Tool" icon on the toolbar
This will bring up some extra settings.
Drag the "Effects" window of the way if needed
Check "Preview" in the bottom-left corner
You'll be able how the changes effect the shape.
You can click the spectrum for "Gradient Stops" several times
You can see how the fill is even for the shape by default. Clicking the spectrum will add stops.
You can click and drag any gradient stop
This will affect the gradient color.
Click the "Opacity" arrow
Click and drag the "Opacity" scroller
This changes the currently selected (clicked) gradient stop on the spectrum.
Click another gradient stop
The triangle above the square will become slightly darker for the selected stop.
Click and drag the "Opacity" scroller for the selected gradient stop
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.
Click the "Location" arrow
Click and drag the "Location" scroller
This moves the currently selected gradient stop. It works in the same way as clicking and dragging gradient stops.
You can also click the "Location" percentage value
Then, type your value.
Click the "Type" drop-down menu
You can click "Linear" or "Radial"
Let's click "Radial". This effects creates an interesting and impressive design.
However, let's click the "Type" drop-down menu again
You can also click the icon to the right of the gradient spectrum with stops
This will reverse or mirror the gradient stops along the spectrum.
You can adjust the "Angle" value
You can do it by clicking the circle. You can also click and drag the line around the circle.
Alternatively, click the "Angle" degree value
Then, type your new value in degrees.
To apply the changes, click "OK"
The gradient effect will be added.
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