How do I lay a full shape over a background image?

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Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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Hello, 

     I am new to InDesign (so, please be kind). I am playing around with the software, and I have come across an 'issue' that I can not solve or find a work around. 

     I have placed an image on my background with a 30% (or so) opacity. My goal is to lay, on top of this image, a rectangle shape filled with a light color (please see photo below). The problem that I have is that the background image is visable through this light colored shape even though the shape is at 100% opacity. I have tried putting a black rectangle behind it. I have tried putting a white rectangle behind. I have played around with the arrangement (send to back, send backward, etc) and nothing has worked.

    Please, if someone can tell me how to do this or if my goal is even achievable in InDesign. Thank you for your help. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021
It's impossible to tell if the image is in front or back of the rectangles without seeing the Layers panel. So open the Layers panel (Window > Layers) to make sure your image is in back. Click the disclosure arrow to reveal all the objects in the Layer. If it's not the last object listed in the Layers panel, it's not at the bottom of the stacking order. To move the image to the back, click on the image listing and drag its position to the bottom of the listings. If you need help using the Layers...

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Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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Hello,

One thing you can look at......under Window-Effects make sure for the filled boxes it's set to Normal.

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Regards,

Mike

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It's impossible to tell if the image is in front or back of the rectangles without seeing the Layers panel. So open the Layers panel (Window > Layers) to make sure your image is in back. Click the disclosure arrow to reveal all the objects in the Layer. If it's not the last object listed in the Layers panel, it's not at the bottom of the stacking order. To move the image to the back, click on the image listing and drag its position to the bottom of the listings.

If you need help using the Layers panel, here's a link to a video I produced a while ago: http://www.jeffwitchel.net/2011/11/indesign-new-layers-of-control-in-indesign

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