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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.
In this video I am going to give you a nice little shortcut for making the Eyedropper tool a little bit easier. If you have never used the Eyedropper tool, the basic principle is that you're able to pick up the attributes of one object and paste them, if you will, on top of another object so it looks exactly the same. So, I have three pretty plain jane rectangles over here and I want them to look like some of the rectangles over on the left. So, I am going to press the I key on my keyboard to switch to the Eyedropper tool and you just click on the object. It doesn't have to be selected first. You can just click with the Eyedropper to suck up all the attributes of the object that you click on.
And you can see the Eyedropper tool has now changed its icon. It's changed direction and it looks like it has some ink in it, whereas before it was empty. And you can just click on the other object that you want to change it to. I need to make it look identical. Now that's great, but now I want to pick up the attributes of this object and make these rectangles plain again. Well the problem is that if I click on this rectangle, it's going to format it with that green fill and black stroke. So, what you want to do is clear the Eyedropper and pick up a new set of attributes. To do that you hold down the Option key or the Alt key on Windows, click on the new object and now you've sucked up new attributes and I can go apply them to that other rectangle.
So one more time, I want these rectangles to pick up these attributes. If I were to click on this rectangle right now though, the one of with the orange and the dashed line, it's going to become a white rectangle with a black line. So, Option or Alt-click to reset the Eyedropper and pick up the attributes of the new object you click on and now you can start painting the other objects with that new set of attributes that you have sucked up. So, a nice little convenience for the Eyedropper tool. Hold down that Option or Alt key to reset and pick up a new set of attributes.
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