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Hi, there. Welcome back to another installment of Creative Quick Tips. In this video, I'll be talking about a few InDesign shortcuts that are going to help you quickly resize content that you've placed into a frame. So, the first thing I need to do is actually place something into this frame that I've created inside of this document. And I'll do that by going to the File menu and choosing Place. You could press Cmd or Ctrl+D. And I have some photos here, and I'm just going to place one into the frame that I had selected. Traditionally, if you didn't know about these shortcuts, you would just right-click on this.
And you could go down to Fitting, and you could choose one of these options. Fill Frame Proportionally, Fit Content Proportionally, Fit Frame to Content, Fit Content to Frame, etc. But if you notice out to the right hand side of that. There are several keyboard shortcuts associated with each one of these commands, making it really easy for you to alter how this content is fit within the frame, or how the frame actually fits the content. It's totally up to you. So, for instance, let's say that I wanted to keep the frame the same size and fit the content proportionally within the frame.
I would hold down the following keyboard keys, I would hold down the Shift key, the Option or Alt key, the Cmd or Ctrl key, and then I would press the letter E. And that is going to force this content to fit in that frame. Now, unfortunately, if the content is not the same aspect ratio as the frame, you will notice some white space. So, this was actually a rectangular photo, and this is a square frame, so therefore, I've got white space at the top and at the bottom. If I want to fill the frame proportionally with the image, all I have to do, instead, is hold down the Cmd or Ctrl key, the Option or Alt key, the Shift key and then press the letter C and that is going to fill the frame proportionally with the image.
Now, you can also have the image stay the same size and resize the frame instead. So, it'll just alter the aspect ratio of the frame essentially. In order to do that, you're going to hold down the Cmd or Ctrl key, the Option or Alt key and then simply press the letter C. And the frame will automatically adjust to the size of the photo. Now, I realize that's a lot of keys to memorize and keep held down and all that good stuff. But once you commit those to memory, it's going to become increasingly easier for you to remember, and then you're going to be able to just do this as you bring things into InDesign.
And you'll be able to fit things exactly like you want them without having to go to a lot of different extra menus, and without having a lot of extra clicks in your document as well. So, hopefully, these shortcuts help speed up your workflow a little bit and give you a better idea of how to properly fit your content into existing frames or fit those frames to your content.
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