How To Apply Feather Effect with InDesign

Using Adobe InDesign in making your brochures, leaflets, posters, even magazines, newspaper and books is easy because it provides you with different effects to make your print publication more attention-grabbing. Gone are the days that the only effect that you can add to make your print media more exciting was a border. Now with Adobe InDesign, you get the chance to apply the effects not only on the images, but also on the text boxes. Among the many effects available with InDesign, you can use the ‘feather effect’ which will make your image fade into the background. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply the feather effect using Adobe InDesign.

  1. Select the image or text box where you want the Feather effect applied. Click on the ‘Selection Tool’ from the Toolbox and then ‘select’ the image or text box you want to adjust by clicking on it once.
  2. Choose the Feather Effect from the Effects palette. If you do not have the Effects palette yet, go on to Window and then choose Effects, or you can also go on to Objects from the menu bar and then select Effects. Once you have the Effects dialog box on your screen, you can choose from Basic Feather, Directional Feather and Gradient Feather. Make sure to put a check mark beside the check box.
  3. Adjust the settings for your Feather Effect. After choosing the Feather effect, adjust the variables until it will suit your taste. You can change the ‘width’ of the feather effect; change the ‘choke’ settings which will determine how opaque or transparent your feather effect will be; you can change the ‘corners’ to sharp, rounded or diffused; you can add or lessen the ‘noise’ which will soften or harden the glow of the image or text box; change the ‘shape’, whether first edge only, leading edges or all edges; adjust the ‘angle’ of the feathering effect instead of having it parallel to the image or text box.
  4. Preview the Feather effect, add finishing touches and then hit OK. On the lower left-hand side of the Effects dialog box there is a Preview option that you can use to double-check if the feathering is already okay. Make further changes to the different feathering variables until you are satisfied with the result and then click OK once you are done.

Now with the Feather Effect added to your choice of effects you can add more zest to the design of your print publication. You can also pair it with the different Effect tools provided by Adobe InDesign. Don’t be afraid to play around with your designs because that’s what will make it standout.


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