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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.
Now the classic use of Paste Into is to paste an image inside some text, but that requires a little bit of setup. So let's go ahead and start doing that. Here I have some text. Its still live text, I can double-click and convert my Selection tool into my Type tool and still highlight and edit the text. What we want to do is convert this piece of text into something that an image can be pasted inside of. To do that, we need to convert this text into paths or into shapes. InDesign calls that command Convert to Outlines. Now, you may want to think twice before you actually do this on your live text, because once you convert your text to outlines, it stands to reason that it is no longer text, which means if you want to change your word, you can't really do that.
But there is a trick of course, there's a workaround. What you might want to do is create a second layer. I am going to skip that for now, but you could create an additional layer and kind of use that as your outlines layer. Because when you convert your text to outlines, you can actually ask InDesign to create a duplicate of the text and convert the duplicate to outlines for you, so you don't lose your original editable text. Here's how it works. If I go to the Type menu and choose Create Outlines, Command+Shift+O, Ctrl+Shift+O, it converts this piece of text into paths. In fact, if I double-click you can see it's now paths.
I can edit it with the Pen tool or the Direct Selection tool or whatever. So I am going to Undo this and get back to just having actual text, right? Great! We will go back and we will reselect it. If you hold down the Make Better key, the Option key on the Mac or Alt on Windows and then choose Type>Create Outlines, you get the same effect, except InDesign duplicated the result. So it duplicated the text frame, converted the duplicate to outlines, and left your real text behind. So if you had done this on a separate layer, you could just hide your text layer.
If you screw up or want to monkey around or change your word, you can always just delete the outlined version, go back to your text frame and you can start over. Just a way to protect yourself. Okay. For this demo, we will just go ahead and delete the text frame because I don't need it. I have now got my text converted to outlines. Just to verify, I double-click, that switches me to my Direct Selection tool, and I can see that I have got paths here. Now we just need an image to put inside these letters. So we go to our Place command, Command+D, File>Place, and we will choose Seasons_01, picture of the cherry blossoms. Good! We are going to go ahead and just drag across to place that image of that size. Okay.
It's a really big image. At this point, I am going to go ahead and cut the image to the clipboard, select the text and go choose Edit>Paste Into, and now my image is inside that text. If I want to reposition the image, I just double-click. I see the little Hand tool now, and I can click and drag, and move that image around inside to reposition it differently. Maybe like so. Good! That looks great. Then I can go back to my Selection tool and deselect. I want to add a little Stroke and a Drop Shadow to this, so I will select my converted text frame here, which is now an object, go to the Swatches panel and give it a stroke of Paper and maybe make a little bit thicker, maybe 3 points or so.
Then we will go to our Effects icon in the Control panel and we will just add a quick Drop Shadow, just to make that pop off the page. Go ahead and click OK, and there is our finished result. Not bad.
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