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How do you make images transparent in inDesign?

Apr 24, 2012 7:36 AM

How do you make images transparent in Adobe InDesign CS5.5?

 
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    Apr 24, 2012 7:56 AM   in reply to jinda55

    select the image ,

     

    Go to Objects-->effects-->Transparency , and change the opacity value.

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 8:14 AM   in reply to jinda55

    so if I get you correct , you have the image and you want to make its background transparent....

     

    if so, not possible use application like Photoshop or Illustartor and then import it in Indesign

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 8:20 AM   in reply to jinda55

    That you have to do in Photoshop…and you might want to take a little time to write your questions with some actual details.

     

     

     

    Bob

     
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    Apr 24, 2012 8:46 AM   in reply to jinda55

    Indeed it was; so Manish gave you the straightforward answer.

     
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    Jul 23, 2013 3:42 PM   in reply to [Jongware]

    It is possible to do this in InDesign. I did it last year in our annual reports but I cannot for the life of me remember how I did it. I will have a hunt through my notes and see what I did.

     
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    Jul 23, 2013 3:45 PM   in reply to jo_cheramie

    Did you read through this thread? The whole thing is there....

     
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    Aug 22, 2013 8:30 AM   in reply to jinda55

    It IS possible: Select the image. Open effects (Window > Effects). Switch from "normal" to "multiply". Viola! White background is gone.

     

    Good question jinda55.

     
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    Aug 22, 2013 8:46 AM   in reply to Dittco

    Dittco wrote:

     

    It IS possible: Select the image. Open effects (Window > Effects). Switch from "normal" to "multiply". Viola! White background is gone.

     

    That only works with a white background. In addition, it introduces a transparency effect, with its associated problems.

     

    With a rather light background: Select the image. Open clipping path (Object > Clipping Path > Options). Select Type > Detect Edges; use Threshold and Tolerance to get as close as possible to the edge of your image. This may be difficult because of a too low resolution image, or too much fringe on the edge -- if all fails, use the Inset Frame value to force the mask "into" the image. Click OK, and the background is gone.

     

    But that's not the only way: you can always create a clipping path manually, and then you are in total control, not limited by transparency side effects, auto-edge detection, and busy backgrounds.

     
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