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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.
Let's talk about resizing or scaling multiple items at the same time. So go ahead and select these three by holding down the Shift key, click, click, click and I get transformation handles for all three objects, but some of you have probably already noticed that if you go ahead and grab the corner handle of one of these objects, that indeed is only going to start resizing that one object, even though the other two of the three are selected. So you'll note that there's no bounding box around all three selected items. So if you want to act on all three, one quick workaround is to simply group them first, so Command+G or Ctrl+G. Now there is a grouped bounding box around all three items here.
But again remember there is still a distinction between scale and resize. So if I just grab a corner handle and start acting and stretching this out, when I let go, you'll see I did a resize, not a scale. You can tell that because look at that image. It did not get bigger with the frame. It stayed in its current position and just the frame that contained it got larger. So if I wanted to scale-- I am going to undo that Command+Z, Ctrl+Z. If I wanted to scale all three of these together, then of course you would hold down Command on the Mac, Ctrl on Windows and if you want to do it proportionally, add Shift to that.
So Command+Shift, Ctrl+Shift. Now, when I grab the corner handle of the group, all three objects in that group scale. They got bigger. You can see the image got bigger inside its frame and the stroke got bigger as well. So again, just highlighting the difference between resize versus scale. Undo that. So the workaround, if you want to resize or scale multiple items, one quick workaround to do that is to group them and then when you're done, you can always ungroup, Command+Shift+G or Ctrl+Shift+G.
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