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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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