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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 create content in InDesign it always goes on the active layer, whatever that happens to be. And sometimes it ends up on the wrong layer because you weren't paying attention to which layer was active, or you may just want to change your mind. You've created a piece of content on one layer and now you want to move it to a different layer. So how do you go about doing that? Well, first of all, InDesign gives you several visual clues or feedback about which layer a particular object is on. If I go ahead and select an object here by clicking on it, the color of the bounding box that is drawn around a selected object actually is the same color as the layer color.
So you can see this object is on Layer 1. It's got blue handles and a blue bounding box. If I click on this object here, you see it's got a red bounding box and that corresponds to Layer 2. So there's immediate color-based feedback, giving you layer information. Also, if you take a look at the LAYERS panel itself, there's a little selection box or widget at the far right of a particular layer, showing you which layer that object is on. The pen icon here is also showing you which is the active layer. So if you were to draw a new object right now, it would be added to the layer that has the pen on it.
So in this case, Layer 2. So the point of this movie is we want to be able to learn how to move an object from one layer to another and that's as simple as dragging the little selecting rectangle here in the far right of the LAYERS panel to whatever layer you want that object to be on. So if I drag it down to Layer 1 that object is now on Layer 1 and you can see the selection bounding box color changed. So there you have it. To move an object from one layer to another, just select the object in the layout view and then in your LAYERS panel, just grab that little selection indicator and drag it to whatever layer you want that object to be placed on.
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