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Duplicating objects

From: InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Video: Duplicating objects

In the old days, when we needed a copy of something on our page, we used to drive downtown and buy a photostack. Fortunately, it's a little easier now. There are more than a dozen ways to duplicate your text frames, graphic frames, and other items in InDesign. Here are just a few. My favorite way to make a duplicate of an object in InDesign is to hold down the Option or Alt key, and drag an object. Here I'll hold down the Option or Alt key, and drag this caption down, and when I do that, it automatically makes a duplicate of it.

Duplicating objects

In the old days, when we needed a copy of something on our page, we used to drive downtown and buy a photostack. Fortunately, it's a little easier now. There are more than a dozen ways to duplicate your text frames, graphic frames, and other items in InDesign. Here are just a few. My favorite way to make a duplicate of an object in InDesign is to hold down the Option or Alt key, and drag an object. Here I'll hold down the Option or Alt key, and drag this caption down, and when I do that, it automatically makes a duplicate of it.

Now in this case, I'd like my duplicate to be exactly lined up with the first. So I am going to delete that, and instead of holding down Option or Alt, I am going to hold down Option and Shift, or Alt and Shift, and drag this object down. That way it stays in perfect alignment horizontally, or vertically. Now I could edit that text if I wanted to, but I am going to move on, and show you another way to duplicate that object. I am going to delete this one that I just created, go back and select that caption one more time, and I'll duplicate it by going to the Edit menu, and choosing Duplicate.

Now, an interesting thing happened. Not only did it make a duplicate of that object, but it did it with exactly the same offsets as the last duplication I did. It remembered; isn't that cool? That turns out to be really useful in other ways, too. For example, if I go to another page, like page 3, and select this frame, and choose Duplicate, it moves it in exactly the same way as it did on the first page. Okay, let's go back to page 1, and do a couple more duplications. I am going to select this white line at the top of the frame.

It's on the master page, so I need to override it by holding down Command+Shift, or Control+Shift on Windows. When I click on it, it overrides it, and now lets me duplicate it. This time I want a whole bunch of these lines, so I am going to go to the Edit menu, and I won't choose Duplicate, but instead, Step and Repeat. Step and repeat is a great way to make a lot of duplicates at the same time. You can either make it in one direction, or as a grid. In this case, I only want it to go down the page, so I'll turn off Create a grid, and I am going to specify how far down I want each line to go.

I am just going to type in 1 centimeter here. It'll convert that to pixels for me, and I'm going to start increasing this account by clicking on this up arrow. As I do, it starts adding duplicates. I'll just take a shortcut here, and type in how many I want; how about 25? Hit Tab to jump to the next field, and you see that it fills the whole page with these lines. I'll click OK, and I can see all my lines are created. Let's try another step and repeat. This time I'm going to create my own object. Maybe I'll just make a square on my page, and I'll fill it with this purple color, or you can pick any color you want out of here; maybe something a little bit better, like this yellow. How about that? Looks nice.

Now I am going to duplicate this, so I'll select it with the Selection tool, go to Step and Repeat, and this time, I am going to turn on Create as a grid, and you'll see that it remembered that I want 25 at these same offsets, but that's not what I want to do here. I am going to start off by just doing a grid of 2 by 2, and I am going to set the Offsets to about 100 pixels each. I am just tabbing through from one field to the next. That looks pretty good, but I'd like a little bit more space, so maybe I'll up this to about 110 pixels.

There we go; looks good. Once I have the effect the way I want, I can increase the Rows, maybe by 6 by 6, or perhaps one more column; 6 by 7. Looks good. Click OK, and I have my grid. Now, everybody knows you can do copy and paste to make a duplicate of an object, but sometimes it doesn't put it exactly where you want. For example, I'll deselect everything here with a Command+Shift+A, or Control+Shift+A on Windows, and then I'll select my image, and one of these captions.

I am going to go to the Edit menu, and choose Copy, and then go to page 2, and paste. But when I paste, it always centers it on my screen; not on the page, but centers it on the screen. In this case, that's not where I want it. I want it to be in exactly the same place as it was on page 1. So I'll delete that, and instead of choosing Paste, I am going to choose something slightly different. Here in the Edit menu, I'll choose Paste in Place. Paste in Place tells InDesign to remember where it was when I copied it, and put it in exactly the same place.

Are you ready for one more way to duplicate your objects? All right! I am going to deselect everything, and select this caption. Now I am going to go up the Control panel, and in the Y field that determines how far down on the page this object is, I am going to replace this with a different value; let's say 400 pixels. But instead of hitting Enter or Return, like I normally would to have InDesign move it 400 pixels, I'm going to hold down Option or Alt while pressing Return or Enter. You remember what Option or Alt means, right? It means make a duplicate of it, and that's, in fact, exactly what's going to happen here. Option+Return or Alt+Enter moves it down, and duplicates it.

That Option+Enter or Alt+Enter trick works in all the fields in the control panel, which, as we'll see later in this chapter, turns out to be really useful. Knowing more than one way to perform the same task in InDesign is helpful, not just because you can impress your friends, but because the more ways you know how to do something, the more likely you are to use the most efficient technique in any given situation, especially when under deadline. In the next movie, we are going to look at one more brand new in CS6 method for duplicating objects, and this one could knock your socks off.

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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