Use the Gradient Swatch Tool in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use "Gradient Swatch Tool" in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
To begin, you should open Adobe InDesign.
You can do it either from your desktop or by coming down to the bottom-left corner and clicking the Windows icon once. Clicking it will bring up a list of the recently used programs.
Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" if you see it 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 and type "Adobe InDesign".
Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6".
From the workspace, click "File" in the top-left corner.
You can move the cursor to "New" and click "Document...".
This will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". Alternatively, you can click "Open..." to open an existing document from the "File" menu as well. For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to create a new document
and on how to open an existing document
First, click "Rectangle Tool".
Then, you can click the fill color drop-down menu at the top.
Then, click a color.
Next, click "Selection Tool" in the vertical toolbar.
Then, click the shape or multiple shapes.
If you have just created one, it will be selected automatically. If you are selecting more than one object, hold "Shift" on the keyboard and click the other objects. A blue frame will appear around the edge indicating that the image is now ready to be edited.
After that, click "Gradient Swatch Tool" which is half-way down the vertical toolbar.
The icon looks like a rectangle with a gradient. The cursor should change to a cross, which means that you can apply a gradient to the shape.
Now, click the shape.
A swatch effect will be applied.
Then, double-click the "Gradient Swatch Tool" icon.
A small dialogue box will appear. You can leave it on the workspace.
Alternatively, you can attach the dialogue box into your panel by dragging the box by the border into the panel space.
Now, you can change the color settings in drop-down menus at the top if you wish.
In the "Gradient" window, click the "Type" drop-down menu.
Then, click either "Linear" or "Radial".
If "Linear" is clicked, then you can change the angle of the gradient effect by typing the number into "Angle".
Press the "Tab" key on the keyboard to update the preview.
Click the "Reverse" button to change the effect to the opposite direction.
Click the gradient box spectrum.
This will add extra points to create a deeper gradient.
You can click and drag the spectrum points.
This will can create some interesting effects, such as a metal-material surface. Do not limit yourself to the default settings, and experiment with the tool to create interesting textures and designs.
You can continue clicking the spectrum to create even more gradient textures.
Click away from the object.
This will deselect it when you've finished.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to use "Gradient Swatch Tool" 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: Use the Gradient Swatch Tool in Adobe InDesign CS6
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