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39. Transparency

QuarkXPress and PageMaker exemplify 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, you have to create it in Photoshop or with a third-party plug-in.

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 44. (Suffice it to say for now that this stuff really does print. This is Adobe we’re talking about here.)


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