I am kind of new to Indesign, but no matter what tutorial I follow, I can't get transparency (or any effect) to work. Is there some fundamental thing I could be missing? For example, I tried to have both a text frame and a graphics frame be semi-transparent. I selected them (separately), and changed the object and fill % in the Effects panel to something low. Nothing happened. I have not been able to apply drop shadows or any other effects either. All the tutorials make it seem like it should be so easy, so I am confused. I have InDesign CS5, version 7.0.4, which I updated to right before I posted this question.
I'm sorry, right after I posted this I discovered there was a display setting in preferences that turns transparency on my screen off. Oops. Leaving this up in case someone else does the same thing.