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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 nice shortcut for when you're placing an image. Let's go to our Place command, Command+D or Ctrl+D, and here's my Links folder and I am going to go ahead and grab, let's do this image, Seasons_03, go ahead and click Open. And most people, when they get a loaded cursor here, a loaded Place cursor, they will go ahead and click, and what that does is that it creates a frame for you, but the default behavior creates the frame the same size as the image that you're placing. Now sometimes it's exactly what you want, because the image is already sized to how you are going to use it on the page, but in other times, it's not what you want at all, because the image might be much larger, because you haven't downsampled it in Photoshop yet, or something like that.
So this leaves you with the task of then resizing that image in InDesign to be the size you want it to be. So, especially for new users, this is a little bit of a thing that you used to right away. You go to a corner handle with your Selection tool, you grab it and you start dragging and resizing it and everything looks fine, but then when you let go, you realize that you didn't actually scale the image. You cropped it, because of course, you're acting on the frame. The content sits in that frame. The frame crops the image if the frame is not the same size. So, we will undo that. Command+Z, Control+Z. You have to know the secret handshake to do this.
Command+Shift, Control+Shift, grab on a corner handle. That will scale the frame and the content proportionally at the same time. So that's fine. That's not actually the shortcut. That's just if you want to scale frame and content the same time, hold down Command+Shift and Ctrl+ Shift. There you have it. I want to show you a way to do that as you're placing the image to make it a little bit easier. So, I will go back our Place command, Command+D, or Ctrl+D. We will grab Seasons_03 again, go ahead and click Open. It gives you our loaded gun again. Instead of just clicking to drop the image on the page into a new frame, click and drag, and what ends up happening is you are kicking in the proportional Place feature.
It gives you a little tooltip to tell you how much you are scaling the image as you place it. You will notice that I can't just create any arbitrary sized frame of any orientation or aspect ratio. It is the exact same proportional aspect ratio of the image that you're actually placing. So, if I make this 50% by the tooltip there, when I let go, I get a new frame that is scaled at 50% of the original image and the image that gets dropped in that frame is set to fit the frame proportionally. So very nice shortcut for getting what you want as you place the image, instead of having to go through that dance of scaling the frame in the content after the image has been placed.
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