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A&E MARCH 2018 • a-e-mag.com 43 Graphic Design is also available as a transparency except that instead of multi-colors, there are multi-levels of transparency. That's a lot to consider. The next option is choosing the Color Merge Mode. As mentioned in the drop shadow paragraphs above, keep this at Normal unless you know what you are doing or want to experiment. This is fol- lowed by a dropdown menu for saving favorite transparency settings to apply to other objects. Next are four options for choosing the type of transparency: Linear, Elliptical (sometimes referred to as Radial), Conical, and Rectangular. Each type can be applied to any Transparency Fill tool such as a Radial Fountain Transparency. There are then three options for moving the Transparency Tool Nodes (not to be confused with Vector Nodes). The Start Transparency marker or node is white and an arrow connects it with the End Transpar- ency. Note the default color, which is black. Along the Arrow line is a third intermediate node for positioning the transparency. Each of these nodes can be positioned manually, making the process responsive and intuitive, but for more accuracy, they can be adjusted numerically using the next three options in the Properties bar. The first is called Node Transparency and can be applied to any of the three nodes, allowing you to adjust the transparency of the color below each node. The second is called the Node Position button for accu- rately positioning the intermediate node. The last is called Rotate, allowing you to select either the start or end nodes and rotating the angle of the arrow line between them. In each case, the transparency grada- tion shifts so that you can determine how it fills the object. You can apply the transparency to both fill and outline, just the fill, or just the outline in the options that follow. You can also scale the transparency up or down by clicking on the next option, placing the cursor in the Start Node marker, and drag- ging out or in. This doesn't scale the object in any way, just the transparency effects inside the object. This is followed by a Freeze button, which allows you to create a transparency, then freeze it so you can move the object without disturbing the fill. The next option allows you to copy the Transparency fill to another object, and the last option opens up a dialogue box containing all of these properties bar settings. That's a lot of options that need to be explored, but the subtle opportunities it opens up for filling objects is well worth the time invested in learning. A&E

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