Advanced Fade Action

13th of February, 2013

Type of Action: Item Action (to use it, select an item and go to Item>Actions to choose the Action from the list).

What the Action can do: This Action lets you do the following:
  • It lets you choose custom fading effects on an imported image.
The Advanced Fade Action allows the opacity of the graphic to be defined in a number of locations and in different directions on the image. The opacity levels are blended to provide a seamless transition between each fade setting.

To apply the Action, select a graphic item containing an imported image, go to Item>Actions and choose Advanced Fade. With the item selected, see the options in the Actions palette:

  • Enabled: This option is checked by default. When checked you will see a live preview of the effects applied when options are used in the Actions palette. To see a "before and after" of the original image (with and without the Action applied), switch the Enabled option on and off. Remember to leave it checked when you have finished.
  • Direction: Choose between Horizontal and Vertical as the aspect in which the fade effect will be applied. Note that it is not possible to apply fade effects at a specified angle.
  • Transparency: Choose levels of transparency in five locations, which are Left, Left/Center, Center, Right/Center and Right when Horizontal is chosen for the Direction; or Top, Top/Center, Center, Bottom/Center and Bottom when Vertical is chosen for the Direction.
  • Reverse: Click on this button to swap the direction (left-right to right-left or top-bottom to bottom-left) of the fading effects.
You can either use the sliders to alter the values of each Transparency value, or you can enter a specific value in the field on the right. Remember to type a Return or Tab if you enter the values manually to register the last value.


Below you can see examples of how the original image (shown first) will look when the options displayed in the Actions palette alongside each sample has been set up.

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