Apply a Directional Feather Effect in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to apply the "Directional 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 once. Clicking the Windows button will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
Find and click "Adobe InDesign CS6" on the list. The icon of InDesign has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID".
If you still cannot find InDesign, click the search bar at the bottom of the screen and manually type "Adobe InDesign".
Then, click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open the application.
Click "File" on the bar on the top-left of the screen. You will be able to 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 other VisiHow tutorials on how to do all of these. Let's click "Document..." in "New" under "File".
First, click "Selection Tool". It is the black arrow at the top of the vertical tool bar on the left side of the screen. In this video, it has already been selected.
If you have your objects already, just select them by using this tool. Select more than one object by holding "Shift" on the keyboard. In this video, we're going to use the "Rectangle tool" to create an object. There is another VisiHow tutorial on how to do that.
Once the object is selected, double-click "Gradient Feather Tool". It looks like a rectangle with a horizontal gradient in the vertical tool bar.
A dialogue box will appear, where you should uncheck "Gradient Feather".
Check "Directional Feather". It is above "Gradient Feather". Ensure you click the words "Directional Feather", not just the box on the left. This way, you will get the settings on the right side.
Check the "Preview" box. This will enable you to see how the settings will directly affect the object.
First, you can change "Feather widths" parameters. Those are "Top", "Bottom", "Left", and "Right". Either manually type the parameter values or use the up and down arrows on the left-hand side.
Press "Tab" on the keyboard to update the preview.
You can click the link-chain option. It adds a dramatic effect.
Then, you can change the "Noise" value. You can manually type the percentage or click the arrow on the right-hand side to move the scroller instead. "Noise" is not very realistic, but it can create some interesting textures.
Click "Choke". Follow the same procedures as before.
To change the shape of the feather, click the "Shape" drop-down menu. By default, it is set to "Leading Edges", but you can select "First Edge Only" and "All Edges".
Finally, change the "Angle" value. You can change it by clicking the circle area or by typing the degree.
Once you're satisfied with your settings, click "OK". This will apply the changes, and you'll be back to your canvas.
This concludes our tutorial showing you how to apply the "Directional 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!
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