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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.
All right. Often times you have an object that's got a particular color on it that you've specified, like you have applied a swatch to it, that you might want to change your mind and experiment with a different color, but you don't quite have a swatch for it defined yet. So that's when you might open up and use the Color panel. So let's go to the Window menu and choose Color. And you can see the Color panel has actually opened up in this Tint mode, because the swatch has already been applied to this object. Let's switch to the text formatting and you can see this has got a particular swatch that's already been applied from the Swatches panel.
So by default, the Color panel then shows you Tint mode where you can actually apply different tints of this particular swatch. That's not what I want here. I want to switch to either an RGB set of sliders or a CMYK set of sliders or maybe even Lab. To do that the quick easy way is just to Shift+Click on the color ramp down at the bottom of the Color panel. If I click once with the Shift key down, it switches to RGB sliders. Shift+Click again, it goes to CMYK. Shift+ Click again, it goes to Lab. So you have a nice quick easy way to switch to a different set of sliders.
If in click one more time, it goes back to Tint. So it just kind of cycles through the different color ramps. All right, so I am going to go ahead and Shift+Click until I get to RGB and now I can actually play with my different color sliders to generate a different color. Then if there is a color that I land on that I actually think I might want to reuse, I might want to add that back to my Swatches panel as a proper swatch. To do that just click on the little proxy from the Color panel and drag it to your Swatches panel and let go and then that gets added as a reusable swatch and you can see that once I've done that the Color panel switches back to Tint mode meaning you can tint back this named swatch.
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