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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.
Now something that isn't necessarily always obvious in InDesign is that the guides themselves are kind of like objects. I mean, they can be selected and treated as objects, just like any other rectangular text frame or whatnot. So let me give you some examples of what I mean. I'm going to go ahead and drag out a guide and you'll notice that as soon as you'll let go off the guide, once you've dragged it out, it's actually still selected, and if you take a look at the Control panel, the Control panel is contextual based on the guide selection so it's telling me the X position because it's only a vertical guide here.
Now, if I deselect it, I go back to just having the regular Control panel controls and the guide gives you the characteristic light blue look. But because guides are not locked right now, I can actually drag across the guide and let go to select the guide, which means I can copy it and I can go to a different page. Let's say, I'll create a new page and I can paste it. Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste, and guides automatically paste in the same location they were copied from. All right, so it's very easy to copy and paste guides from one page to another, or from one layer to another, or even from one document to another. They are just like any other object.
Let's go back to page 1 here, by double-clicking. Now since you can select a guide, you can actually do interesting things to it, like I can go to the Control panel and in the X field, let's say I wanted another guide 1 inch away from this guide to the right. So what I can do is just do some math inside this Control panel Edit field. I'm going to hit the Plus key on my keyboard and type 1, because my measurement system right now is inches, and if I hit Enter, that actually moves that selected guide one inch over to the right.
Now that's not what I wanted. I wanted to keep my original guide and create a duplicate at one inch over. So I am going to go back to the X field here, type in +1 and instead of hitting Return, what I am going to do, hold down the make-better key right, Option, and hit Return and that creates a duplicate. Pretty cool. All right, so I can do this again. +1 and then Option. Oops! I keep typing an 'I'. Let's try that again. +1, not I, Option+Return and I get a duplicate.
So I can do the same thing on the horizontal guide. I can drag a guide out here to 1 inch, go up to the Y field this time, do +1 and Option+Return. Now this time I tricked you, I did Option+Shift+Return and what that does is creates a duplicate but keeps the focus in that field. So I can just go in here and type a +1 again. +1. Option+Shift+Return. I get another duplicate but it keeps the focus in there. So I am just using my right arrow key, to move the cursor over, past the end and three inches. +1 and then this time we'll be done. Option+Enter to duplicate and return focus back to the document.
So pretty fun things you can do with guides. They're selectable like other objects. They can be copy and pasted. In this case, you can actually transform them and do interesting things with them, using the Control panel.
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