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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.
Okay, so a Layout like this probably isn't all that realistic. But from time-to-time you might be creating a special project where text on your page or even images are going to be rotated. Maybe you are doing a calendar or a greeting card and you are laying it out so that when it folds, it ends up correct. But when you're laying it out flat, certain content is going to be rotated. Now that makes it a little bit tricky to read while you are editing and then of course, it makes it very tricky to edit it, you know. Are you are turning your monitor? You remember the old radius monitors. They could actually pivot from landscape to portrait. They are going to kind of cock your head.
And I know what a lot of people do is they'll actually just print the page out and then rotate the physical printout to make it easier to read the text. Now, in this particular example it's not that hard to read because it's just really big large headline text. But imagine if it was body copy, then it might be a little bit tough. So, CS4 actually added a little tiny feature here that was actually a lot of work to do, but makes it easy to change the Document view or the Spread view of your document here to make it easy to edit text like this. Here is the technique. Go ahead and click on the image or the item that you want to edit. You don't actually have to do that, but it just makes it easy to see what it is that you are trying to orient.
Because each of these elements here has different orientations or rotations. So, I want to edit the word 'easy' here. Now, to read it from left to right, in the correct way, while you are editing, you would need to rotate the spread 180 degrees. This one you would need to rotate at 90 degrees, counterclockwise. So, rather than actually rotating the actual content temporarily and then editing it and then having to remember to rotate it back, this feature makes that a little bit easier. So again, we will click on the word 'easy', and I am going to go to the Pages panel and I am just going to right-click on the thumbnail that I want to rotate the spread for.
So right-click and right there in the contextual menu is a Rotate Spread View command and I am going to go ahead and choose 180 degrees. Now the thumbnail itself does not get rotated in the Pages panel. But you'll see the view of this page, or the spread actually has now oriented, so that this word is a lot easier to read and edit. Let's go ahead and double-click to make my change and then when I'm ready to get the page back to the way it was, you will notice that the little Page icon or a thumbnail in the Pages panel has a little Rotate Spread icon there and if you hover over it for a second, it actually tells you, this has been rotated 180 degrees.
That's very handy if you send this document to someone else, who may not know which orientation the page is actually supposed to be. This doesn't affect output because with rotated pages, you can just physically rotate the printed page, once it's output. But during design time, this is very handy to orient yourself or the other person looking at your document, with the actual original orientation of the page should have been. Now, you can go ahead and rotate the spread somewhere else. I am going to go ahead and click on the word 'rotated' and if I want that to read from left to right, I would rotate the spread. I will go ahead and right-click again and we are going to rotate that 90 degrees clockwise.
And now that word is oriented correctly. Once you have done all your editing and rotate your spreads from view to view. Once you want to get it back to the beginning, you can just right-click on the little Rotate Spread icon itself and you get a much smaller contextual menu, where you can just say, Clear Rotation and you're right back where you started. So, not something you will use everyday. But in these particular type of design time scenarios, this comes in very handy.
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