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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.
Something that isn't immediately obvious in InDesign is that there are actually multiple place features. There's the regular Place command, just one image at a time, there's the Multi-File Place command, where you select more than one thing and then they get loaded up into the cursor. There's Proportional Place where instead of clicking, you click-and-drag to drag out a frame that is the same aspect ratio as the file you are placing, and there's actually a fourth place command or version of the Place command called Grid Place. Now a lot of people call it Contact Sheet Place or something to that effect.
I think that's what the documentation calls it. I think Grid Place is a little bit more accurate, so that's kind of how I refer to it. Again, it's the same command, Command+D or Ctrl+D, and you just select multiple files. I am going to go and select these six logos. I'll go ahead and click Open. It's going to load all six of those into my place cursor. I am going to go ahead and turn on my Grids and Guides and whatnot. I am in Preview Mode right now, so I am just going to press the letter W, so I can see the guides on my page. And yes, I could click-and-drag, you have to drag each one of these one at a time and drag it to the guides and so forth.
That places that one and then I go on to the next one. But that's a little bit too much manual work, right. I don't want to do this six different times. What I want to do is place all six of these in one shot. So, I am just going to step back by undoing, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, to get them all back into my loaded cursor. To do or invoke Grid Place, you hold down Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift and you can see the cursor changes slightly. Instead of seeing the thumbnail of the first image in the place cursor, when you hold down Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift, it turns into this little grid icon.
So, I am going to go ahead and start dragging with the grid. I would kind of line it up in the left-hand corner and start dragging. Once you start dragging, you can go ahead and let go the modifier keys. You don't need to hold those on down anymore. You can see by default, InDesign is creating a 3X3 grid for you. So, three rows and three columns and I am going to drag it all the way to the right-hand margin here. Now, you can actually add rows and columns here or remove them. So, the Up Arrow will add rows, the Down Arrow will subtract rows.
I am just going to go down to two rows because I only have six images and then the Right and Left Arrow keys will add columns. So, Right Arrow adds columns, Left Arrow takes away columns. So, I want 3x2 or 2x3, depending on the orientation of the grid, two rows of three each. So, I am just going to go ahead and drag that out and watch what happens when you let go. Bam! They all get placed. You don't have to make that noise or it doesn't work, but you placed all six images in an equally spaced out grid to your liking as you configured it with your Arrow keys.
And when you click with the mouse boom! They all come in, in one shot. Pretty darn cool!
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