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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.
So if we take a look at the Edit menu, you can see there is several different Paste commands. There is just plain Jane Paste. There is Paste in Place, which does a duplicate right on top of itself. And then there is this other one, Paste Into. Well, what's that about? Let's go find out. So I am going to draw a rectangle graphic frame here, like so, and we will give it a black stroke, let's say. Great! So I can see it. There it is. I want to copy and paste a version of this starburst inside this rectangle and have it be clipped by the rectangle.
So let's pull out a copy, Option+Drag or Alt+Drag, and just kind of position it where I want it. Maybe like that. So I only want to see this portion of the starburst where it's overlapping this graphic. So let's go ahead and select it, and we will cut it, Command+X, Ctrl+X. We are going to select the frame, and then go to Edit>Paste Into, and its got its own keyboard shortcut, Command+ Option+V or Ctrl+Alt+V. You can see that starburst gets clipped. It's like a mask for that particular shape. Pretty handy.
It's still live. I can actually double-click and get to that piece of content and edit it, reposition it, change its fill, stroke, path, whatever. It's still a live object. That's kind of handy. I am going to go ahead and Undo this a couple of times, Command+Z and Command+Z one more time, Ctrl+Z, so I get back to this version of it. I now want another version of it, so I am going to Option+Drag another copy. We will kind of put it like so, and we will do a third one as well, Option+Drag and pull out a third one, and we will layer it around, like that.
So now I want all three of these starbursts to be clipped by the rectangles. I am going to Shift+Click and select all three of them. I am going to try this, I am going to go ahead and cut, Command+X, select the frame, and choose Edit> Paste Into. Oh, wait a minute. It has grayed out, what's going on there? Well, it turns out that InDesign only lets you paste one thing inside any given frame. So because I had three starbursts selected, that command is not available. So I am going to Undo to bring those starbursts back.
Is there a workaround? How can I treat multiple things as a single item in InDesign's world? I can group it, right? So I am going do Command+G or Ctrl+G. These stars are now treated as one object, one page item, a group of three things. We are going to cut it, Command+X. We will select the frame again, and now if I go to Edit>Paste Into, there it is. It's now available. We have kind of tricked InDesign here. Command+Option+V or Ctrl+Alt+V or just Edit>Paste Into, and voila, I have masked multiple items inside a single frame.
So that's the Paste Into command. Comes in very handy to create special effects and to clip other objects or multiple objects inside a single frame. And again, as a reminder, all this content is still live. You can still grab it, edit it, reposition it, and change it after the fact. What will you do with Paste Into?
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