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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.
It turns out in InDesign you can place more than one image at the same time. You don't have to just keep doing one, and then placing on the page, and then doing File > Place again, choosing another file, and repeating all that process for the entire document. You can actually load up your cursor with multiple files. So let's do that. Command+D, Ctrl+D on Windows, and let's grab more than one image and I will just Shift-click on the first one, Shift- click on the last one. That will select everything in between. Go ahead and click Open and what happens is after a brief pause, InDesign loads all four of those images into your place gun cursor.
Many people don't realize that you can actually cycle through the images in your place gun by using your right and left arrow keys. So if I hit the right arrow key, it jumps to the next image in the queue. So I can just keep hitting the arrow key to cycle through and eventually it will loop back around. Of course you can go the other direction by using the left arrow key. So very handy. I go ahead and click-and-drag to place the first one. Great. It immediately goes to the next image in the cursor. Again, if that's not the one you wanted to place next, you can just use your arrow keys to cycle through. But that one is fine here. So, I am going to place this one.
Again, it loads the gun. I got Smart Guide feedback there, letting me know that I had a match. Go ahead and place this one as well. There I am getting more Smart Guide feedback, letting me know that I have placed it at the same size, and I can just keep continuing to place. Now if I had frames already on the page, I could have just clicked the loaded cursor into the frames that were on the page and I'd be happy and go about my business, even turning pages to place images across multiple spreads without having to go back to that Place command. One other little bonus trick here is if you accidentally placed an image in the wrong location on the wrong frame, that actually is un-doable.
So Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, and look what happens. It takes it right back and puts it into the place cursor again. So you can go turn to the right page, or click in the right frame. So we will go and just click-and-drag that again and we've got our images placed. There we have it, Multi-File Place. Comes in pretty handy.
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