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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.
When you're laying out a document you'll often find yourself needing to copy formatting from one place in the document to another. One way to do that is Styles, Paragraph Styles, Object Styles, and so on. I'll talk about all of those in a later movie. But another, sometimes faster way is to use the Eyedropper tool. There are two ways to use the Eyedropper tool and it's a little bit non-intuitive I find. So pay attention, you'll catch on. The first way to use the Eyedropper tool is with and object or some text selected. In this case I'm going to select this text down in the lower left corner by double-clicking on it and selecting it.
Now I'll choose the Eyedropper tool and I'm going to apply some formatting to whatever is selected by clicking on it with the Eyedropper tool. In this case I want to pull out this formatting from this text up here. When I click on it, it automatically sucks up all of this formatting and applies it to whatever was currently selected on the page, in this that text. You'll notice too that the Eyedropper icon has changed. It was a white, empty icon which indicates that it's ready to suck up the formatting. Now it's a full eyedropper.
Now I can apply it wherever I want to use it. In this case, this was the only place I want to use it so I'm going to show you how to use the full Eyedropper tool in a different way. I'll choose the Type tool and I'm going to zoom in on some other text over here, by pressing Command+2 or Ctrl+2 on Windows. Now I'm going to format some text. I'll grab this person's name and I'm going to change its font and style, and so on. I'm just going to type Myriad Pro here and change this to Bold. Maybe I'll make it a little bit bigger, 11.5, and why don't we change its color as well? I'll pick this nice purple color. Terrific! Now I'd like to use that same formatting in other places in my document.
So while nothing is selected on my page, I'll grab the Eyedropper tool and click on it. Notice that the white Eyedropper changed to a full eyedropper and now it's ready to start applying that formatting wherever I click. In this case I'm not going to click. I'm going to click and drag, and it applies that formatting to anything that I drag over. Let's try it again. I'll drag over this word Roux, and it applies it. I'll drag it over this word Environment and it applies it. So you can see that I can apply this same formatting very quickly using that full Eyedropper.
If I later want to pick up some different formatting, I can turn it back into an empty Eyedropper either by clicking on the Eyedropper tool again or by holding down the Option or Alt key. Now it's ready to pull up some formatting. But in this case, I'm not quite done yet. I want to apply this one more place. I'm going to scroll over a little bit with my Option+Spacebar+Drag or Alt+Spacebar+Drag, and I'm going to try and apply this to some text over here. Well, it did apply it to that one word, but it applied something else to the rest of the paragraph. Why did it do that? Why did it apply so much formatting to the entire paragraph? Well, by default the Eyedropper tool picked up all the formatting that we clicked on, including the font, the size, but also the paragraph formatting.
You can control that however. Let me undo this with a Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Window and I'm going to double-click on the Eyedropper tool. That opens the Eyedropper Options dialog box, and now we can turn off the parts that we don't want it to choose. I don't care about Stroke, Fill, Paragraph or Object Settings. I only want it to be pulling the Character Settings right now. So I'll click OK and now I'm going to click on some text down here, this Environment word, and it sucked up some formatting and it looks the same, but now it's only grabbed that character formatting.
So when I drag over this word it only changes that one word. In this case, it'll also change the leading. Leading is a character attribute which we'll talk about in a later chapter. Now the Eyedropper tool doesn't just work for text, it works for objects too. For example, I'm going to choose the Selection tool and I'll pan up here and select this graphic and I'm going to change the graphic a little bit. Why don't I give it a purple frame? Let's make it a little bit thicker and we'll change its formatting to this left slant hash.
There we go! Kind of an interesting effect applied around the border of that image, and I'd like to take that same formatting and apply it to these other three images on the page. Once again there's two ways to use the Eyedropper tool. I could select all three of these objects, then choose the Eyedropper tool, and then click on the edge of this object. I have to click on the edge of the object because I'm trying to pull up the formatting of the frame, not the image inside the frame. I'll come up here and click on the edge, and nothing happens.
Why does nothing happen? Well, remember I changed the Eyedropper Options a moment ago. I better go back and change them to pick up the object formatting. Double-click on the Eyedropper, turn on all of those other settings. I don't care about the Text Settings, but I might as well turn them on here and now one more time I click on the edge of the frame and all of that formatting that I applied to the stroke is applied to all of these other objects as well. So that's one way I can use the Eyedropper tool. Let me undo that, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z.The other way is to not select any of those objects.
I just press Command+Shift+A or Ctrl+Shift+A to deselect everything, and now I'm going to reselect the formatting from this object by holding down the Option or the Alt key, which turns it into the empty Eyedropper. I'll click on the edge of the frame, which fills it up, and now I can start applying that formatting wherever I want to. I'll click on the edge of this one and it applies it. I'll click it on this one and it applies it. You get the idea. I can now go to any frame in my document and apply that same formatting. The Eyedropper tool is great for the quick formatting pickup from here to there.
But honestly, if you need it to apply a lot of formatting throughout a document, Styles are a much better way to go. As I said I'll explore those in a later chapter. But there's one other way to apply formatting quickly throughout your whole document, the Fine Change dialog box and that's where we're headed next.
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