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Chapter 29. Working with Color in InDesi... > Working with Gradients and Gradient ...

Working with Gradients and Gradient Swatches

A color effect that is easy to create in InDesign is a gradient—two or more colors that gradually blend from one to the next. You can create gradients using anywhere from one color fading into white to 256 colors, although restraint is a good thing. Nothing screams “Look at me, I'm just learning to use InDesign!” like the overuse of gradients. Gradients can be applied to text, shapes or any other page elements.

First, let's talk about how to apply gradients. The default gradient when you first start with InDesign is a basic white-to-black gradient. To apply a gradient, create the page element you want to apply it to and make sure the fill or stroke is properly selected in the Tools palette. Click to select the Gradient tool and drag it across the selected page object in the direction you want the gradient to flow. Anytime you want to adjust your gradient by changing direction or changing the point at which it starts and/or ends, click with the Gradient tool to select the point at which it should start, and release the mouse button at the point where you want it to end (see Figure 29.15).


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