I have been working in the same document the past few days with no issues. even this morning everything was working normally. I was using a few objects with lighter opacity applied to them.

All of a sudden every object that had an opacity applied to it was displaying at 100% opacity. When I try to go back and adjust the objects opacity, nothing visibly happens.

Maybe I hit something on the keyboard and changed a setting unknowingly?

Any ideas as to what may be causing this issue?

  • Hello, can you adjust the opacity of objects in a new document? I am not aware of any keyboard shortcuts that would prevent changing opacity, but you could always try resetting your preferences. What does your effects panel look like?
    – AndrewH
    Jul 12, 2019 at 13:39
  • Yes they changed in a different document. I actually just closed out of my indesign and reopened the file, and everything is working like normal. Just curious as to how my settings were changed so easily...
    – Joe Wilde
    Jul 12, 2019 at 13:45
  • Not sure. When in doubt, close out and open.
    – AndrewH
    Jul 12, 2019 at 15:15
  • Closeout and open your InDesign, and it should resolve it.
    – Pedro
    Apr 25, 2020 at 19:56

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Seems like you are switched to "Fast Display" setting. I tried it on a file and it produced the same results as you are expecting.

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Generally I would look two places before blaming it to Low Graphics Memory and neeeding to restart the computer.

View and Window menu: Has certain switches to turn on and off non-printing items and proofing tools.

Preferences: If I've changed anything there.

You can try restart the Computer if everything seems in place.

  • Generally, you begin from user error. Mainly because you can do something about that. You dont blame the system, hardware etc unless you have somedeep understanding of these and have some way of verifying a claim. Anyway where in the post does the op say its a graphics memory issue?
    – joojaa
    May 3, 2022 at 15:26
  • By blaming I mean, sometimes the user has a smaller GPU than recommended and it works most of the time but often create unwanted results. Thanks for your recommendations. I’d try to improve my answer. May 3, 2022 at 15:29
  • Indesign isnt very resource heavy so it shouldnt be a problem.
    – joojaa
    May 3, 2022 at 15:46
  • How many Graphics cards have you been using? May 3, 2022 at 16:09
  • Does not matter indesign works even without graphics acceleration. But realistically even the shittiest graphics card today is better than best cards 10 years ago. Hell even my phone is having a decent graphics card but yes the number of graphics cards ive used is in the hundreds of different models.
    – joojaa
    May 3, 2022 at 16:56

I had the same issue. Save your file, close it, and try updating InDesign in creative cloud. When I reopened the application, it worked again.

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