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Spruce up your designs with CS3's lighting effec

Added on Saturday 16th of January 2010 12:59 am EST

Photoshop layer styles and blending modes are top-notch image editing tools. Admittedly, though, it’s a pain to always have to go to Photoshop to create an effect for a design piece. Well, now you don’t have to! With InDesign CS3’s lighting effects, you can add a plethora of effects right in InDesign, turning a flat, ordinary layout into something extraordinary, as shown in Figure A. Let’s explore some of the new lighting effects available in InDesign CS3.


Out with the old, in with the new
If you’re wondering where the Transparency panel went in CS3, the Effects panel, shown in Figure B, has replaced it. The Effects panel is dynamic — it displays information based on your selection. And, if you’re wondering where the Drop Shadow and Feather dialog boxes went, they’re now located in the new Effects dialog box, shown in Figure C.


Adobe took those two great features and added them to a host of other special effects to create a bundle of lighting effects you can use to enhance your designs. Adding a lighting effect to your InDesign layouts is a cinch.

To apply a lighting effect:
1. Choose the Selection tool from the Tools panel.
2. Select the object and choose Window > Effects to open the Effects panel.
3. Click on the Add An Object Effect button located at the base of the panel and select the desired effect from the resulting pop-up menu to display the Effects dialog box, shown in Figure C.
4. Configure your settings and click OK.
Lighting effects are extremely versatile—you can apply an effect or transpare...


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