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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.
When you scale objects in InDesign that have strokes, by default the strokes are going to scale as well. So here I have a rectangle with a five-point stroke. Let's go ahead and go to my Scale field in the Control panel. We'll just type in say 150%, press Return and you'll see the stroke now became 7.5 points. So, the stroke got bigger as well. Now sometimes that's what you want, sometimes that's definitely not what you want. So let's undo that. To control it, it's an option in the flyout menu of the Control panel and it's kind of a global on/off switch. You have to remember to turn off for a particular time that you want to use it.
So in the flyout menu in the Control panel on the right hand side, there is an option here called Adjust Stroke Weight when Scaling. We turn this off and now go use our scale again in our Scale Control panel widget here, I will type in 150% again, press Return. The object got bigger but my stroke is still 5 points. So the choice is completely up to you. You just have to know that option is buried here. The good news is because it is a menu command you could assign a keyboard shortcut to it, if you wanted to, using the keyboard shortcut editor under the Edit menu. Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.
So if that's something you want to control on the fly, often switch it back and forth, you might consider that as an option.
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