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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you are ever in the middle of a project and you are having a hard time figuring out which color palette to use or set of color swatches to use and apply to your design, there is a online community called Kuler. It's Kuler with a K, that you can actually take advantage of. If we actually switch over to our browser here, you can see it's kuler.adobe.com and this is actually a community place where a lot of people can come together and actually develop cool color swatches that work together and then share them. They actually give them names, and the community can rate them, and you can edit them and play with them as well.
You can kind of see what the latest ones are. So it's a kind of a fun community and a nice way to kind of experiment with different color swatches that work well together. Well, it turns out you can actually take advantage and access these shared color swatches directly from within InDesign without actually having to go out to your browser. You can locate this under the Window menu under Extension>Kuler, which is one of the reasons why some people haven't found it. It's kind of buried. But it is here and when I open this up, it opens it up as a special panel. You can see some of the same swatches that we were just seeing or sets of color swatches we were seeing over in the website are now actually appearing here in this panel as well.
You can sort them by the Highest Rated, by the Most Popular, by the Newest, the ones that we just added recently. So we if we choose Newest, it will reconnect. And you do need an Internet connection for this to work because it's actually accessing the color swatches from that website and pouring them in. And your mileage will vary. I tend to think that the better swatch combinations are the ones that are in the Highest Rated or Most Popular categories, because they have just been vetted by the community a little bit longer. But once it's loaded you can actually start experimenting with these directly inside InDesign as well.
So here is a nice set of colors. I like the watermelon set. I am going to go ahead and click on the watermelon and the trick though is I want to be able to use them and add them to the InDesign Swatches panel directly. There are a couple of ways to do that. There is a button at the bottom of the panel that says Add selected theme to swatches, meaning the Swatches panel, plus there's this little tiny arrow to the right of swatch name and that brings up a little contextual menu that says Add to Swatches panel. So I am going to go ahead and do that, and after a second or two they show up in InDesign Swatches panel directly.
So now that I have them and I'm ready to use them, I can go ahead and close the Kuler panel and I can just access them directly in the Swatches panel now. Now you will see that the swatches come in from Kuler. They are RGB swatches and if you want to use as CMYK, you can certainly just go ahead and double-click on any swatch and change its color mode from RGB to CMYK and now that will be a CMYK swatch. So I might want to go do that for all the swatches that came in. It just depends if you're working with CMYK colors or RGB colors. So there you have it, a nice interesting way to interact with different kinds of swatches and then once you have picked one from the community that you like, you can just add them to your Swatches panel by using that Add to Swatches functionality.
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