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I need to soften/blur the background of a text box

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Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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I need to place text over part of an illustration so I want to soften/blur the background within a text box to insure the text is readable.
I have Indesign 18.5 x32.
I remember doing it a few years back, but can't remember how to duplicate it today.

 

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Community Expert , Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

I'm not sure you can do it with one object. You will need the text box itself and a masking object.

 

I'd put any border around the actual text box, then put the masking object, filled with white, behind it and adjust the opacity to get the effect you want. That's what's commonly used in magazines, brochures, etc. You can use some of the Effects to get a slightly different result, but I am pretty sure you can't make the box one thing (translucent or blurred) while the text remains sharp, not in

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I'm not sure you can do it with one object. You will need the text box itself and a masking object.

 

I'd put any border around the actual text box, then put the masking object, filled with white, behind it and adjust the opacity to get the effect you want. That's what's commonly used in magazines, brochures, etc. You can use some of the Effects to get a slightly different result, but I am pretty sure you can't make the box one thing (translucent or blurred) while the text remains sharp, not in one object.

 

You could also place and blur the text background in the image itself, in Photoshop, but that's harder to tweak.


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Thank you. 

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Here's one way to do it in InDesign with two text frames:

 

Make the text frame with "Adobe InDesign" on top and locked it. Then created a second frame behind with a Gradient Feather effect.

 

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I re-read your post and you mention an illustration but show what kind of illustration. You might post what you had in mind.

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