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Chapter 84. Transparency

QuarkXPress exemplifies page layout as it has been done for decades: opaque objects laid out next to each other or overlapping one another. If you want a non-rectangular edge around an image, you can create a clipping path in Photoshop. If you need soft edges, drop shadows, feathering, or any other sort of raster effect in XPress, you have to either buy an XTension or create it in Photoshop. The result: Many designers spend more time doing “layout” in Photoshop than in XPress.

Adobe decided that this was silly, and added all kinds of cool transparency effects to InDesign. That’s what we’re going to talk about in this chapter. However, when it comes to printing transparency effects, we’ll hold off until Chapter 94. (Suffice it to say for now that this stuff really does print. This is Adobe we’re talking about here.)


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