Apply the Satin 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 a satin 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 icon will bring up a list of your recently used programs.
You might see "Adobe InDesign CS6" on the list. If you do, click Adobe InDesign CS6. It 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".
Then click "Adobe InDesign" to open it.
Click "File" on the bar at the top-left of the screen. You will create a new document. You can also do this with the shortcut "Ctrl" + "N". If you prefer, you can open an existing document from the menu as well. There are other VisiHow tutorials on how to do these. In this video, a new document is created. You will have your document opened. The "Selection Tool" black arrow will be automatically selected. You can find "Selection Tool" at the top of the vertical tool bar on the left side of the window.
If you already have the objects ready, you can select them by using the "Selection Tool" arrow. If you wish to select more than one object, hold "Shift" on your keyboard as you click the objects. In this video, an object is going to be created by clicking the "Rectangle Tool" and creating a shape. The blue frame around the edge of the shape will tell you that your object is now selected.
You can select a fill color.
First, double-click "Gradient Feather Tool" on the vertical toolbar on the left side of the window. "Gradient Feather Tool" looks like a horizontal rectangle with a gradient. A dialogue box will be shown.
Uncheck the "Gradient Feather".
Click the "Satin" word. Make sure that the word "Satin" is clicked. If the box is checked, you will not get the settings on the right side.
Ensure that the "Preview" box is checked, so that you can see how the settings affect the object.
You can change the shadow by clicking the "Mode" drop-down menu. This will determine how the shape will look.
After that, change the color by clicking the box to the right of the "Mode" drop-down menu.
Click the drop-down "Color" menu and select a color mode. You can select "RGB", "CMYK", "Lab", and "Swatches".
Click "OK" to apply the change.
Then, change the "Opacity" value. The default value is 50%. For a satin effect, a medium opacity is recommended, so that the image looks more convincing. You can change the "Opacity" value by typing or using the drop-down menu and pulling the scroller across.
Change the angle by clicking the "Angle" circle. You can also manually type the value on the right-hand side.
Adjust the "Distance" value by using the up and down arrows on the left-hand side of the box. You can type the value on the right-hand side. Inches or centimeters will automatically be converted to picas.
Finally, you can check "Invert". This will invert the satin effect.
Click "OK" to apply the settings.
This concludes our tutorial on how to apply a satin 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 the Satin Effect in Adobe InDesign CS6
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