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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.
If you take a look at the page here, you see there are four different shapes and they were all created with the Polygon tool. Now the fun part of this is that they were created interactively. I was able to specify the type of shape I was drawing while I was drawing it. The textbook method is that you'd double-click on the Polygon tool and that brings up a Polygon Settings dialog box, where you can specify the number of sides and the inset. That's all fine and dandy, but I want to make up my mind as I'm doing it. So, I am going to start pressing and dragging. If you use the Up and Down Arrow keys on your keyboard, you will be changing the number of sides.
So the Up Arrow adds sides, the Down Arrow removes sides. Then the Right and Left Arrow keys change the amount of inset. So, you can go from a non-star shape to creating star shapes. So, I am just dragging that out. I am going to increase the number of sides to create very multi-sided starburst and then I can make them really short points or make them really spiky points and make it more of a sunshine, depending on what you want to do there. Once you've got your sides specified and the inset specified, if you want to constrain that to be an equilateral shape, just hold down the Shift key and then it will go back to being evenly proportioned.
So there you have it. The Polygon tool can be adjusted as you're creating your polygons. I'll go ahead and drag out another one. Press and drag. Once you're in the middle of a dragging, the Right and Left Arrow keys changes the number of inset and then the Up and Down keys change the number of sides. I find this is the quickest way to create something like a triangle. Just reduce the number of sides to three, get rid of all the inset, then hold down the Shift key and you get a perfect triangle. So, much easier than clicking three points with the Pen tool and trying to make sure you would get it back to close the point and all that. There you have it, fun shortcuts for the Polygon tool.
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