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Chapter 84. Transparency > Applying Transparency

Applying Transparency

InDesign also lets you can make any page object—frames, lines, or imported graphics—transparent with the Transparency palette (under the Window menu or press Shift-F10). The two settings you can make here are Opacity and Blending Mode. To change a selected object’s Opacity, choose an level of transparency by either entering a percentage or using the slider. The lower the value the more transparent the object becomes. Note that you can’t change the opacity of individual characters—it’s all the text in a frame or nothing—so select text frames with the Selection tool to apply transparency.

Blending Modes

You can control how transparent objects blend with colors beneath them by choosing one of the blending modes within the Transparency palette. If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you may already know these.


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