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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.
Here's a tip that can really save you some accidental issues at press time. And that's dealing with this swatch called the Registration swatch. Well, let's talk about what this is. I have no document open right now. I have InDesign open, but no document open. So anything I do in this mode will change the defaults for every new document I create from this point on, which is a great place to resolve this potential issue. I am going to open up my Swatches panel here and just drag it out to the middle of my screen and we will make the panel a little bit taller, so I can see all my swatches. Now for those of you who don't know what the Registration Swatch is, just a brief recap. This is not really a color at all.
It's a way to specify that any object or anything that you apply this registration swatch to shows up on every single plate that you generate. So it's typically used for things like crop marks or trim marks. You want to make sure that the crop marks don't just show up on the Black plate. You want them to show up on every single plate that you generate. So that's what the use case is for the registration swatch. The problem with this color swatch is that a lot of people don't pay attention to the name of the swatch and they mean to click on Black to specify something to be black, and since the color swatch themselves have Black and Registration are the same in terms of color, it's quite often that people accidentally click on the registration color chip when they actually meant to click on Black.
So one request has been, "Well, just let us delete the Registration swatch. "I don't want it, I don't want to use it. "So just let us delete it." Unfortunately, there are some swatches that cannot be deleted. Actually, I don't know if it is unfortunately, I actually think there are important reasons why Registration is useful, like I have already described. A better approach, rather than actually deleting the functionality, is just move it into a safer position. So any swatch that has brackets around it, square brackets around the name, cannot be deleted and it can't be edited either.
So you can see that the pencil slash mark means that it can't be edited. But it can be changed in the list. You can reorder it. So I think the problem again, is that since these two are so close together, let's just simply move Registration to the bottom of the list. That way it's not right next to Black and you are not going to accidentally click on Registration when you meant to click on Black. One thing to note though, since I did click on Registration to drag it, it actually set the default fill to be registration, so let's just go back and make sure the default fill is set to None. There you have it.
For every new document created at this point, the Registration Color Swatch will be positioned at the bottom of the list. If you already have an existing document and you want to do the same thing, great. With that document open, open up your Swatches panel and simply drag the Registration swatch to the bottom of the list and then you're less likely to accidentally click on it when you actually meant to click on the Black.
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