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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.
This next tip is actually one of my favorites, especially for color tips and that's when you have a particular color that you're using here, but you want to change its saturation. You want it to be a little bit more saturated or less saturated and you want a quick way to experiment and see the different saturation levels. So let's go ahead and show you two different ways to do this. I'm going to go, select this object and under the Window menu, bring up Color and by default, since it's a named swatch that's been applied to this text. I'm going to go ahead and click on the text widget there. The Color panel shows tint mode.
So again, I want to cycle through to a different set of color ramps. So I Shift+click to take me to the RGB swatches. This happens to be an RGB color that I'm using. If I was using a CMYK swatch then I would just Shift+click on the color ramp until I got to CMYK sliders. Now to adjust the saturation of this color without actually modifying it to a different color, instead of just dragging one of these sliders around, - you know, if I do this, it's actually changing the actual color but that's not what I want. I am going to undo it - hold down the Shift key and what that's going to do is move all of these sliders together proportionally so that it just changes the overall saturation of the particular color I have.
So if I'm dragging it to the right, it's going to get less saturated, but it's still based off that original green color there. Shift+drag to the left and it's going to get more saturated. So, very handy thing. Now the problem with this particular method is that because I'm free-forming in the Color panel, I'm actually not editing or deriving a different saturation of that named swatch, so I've created an unnamed color in this process. So I'm going to undo this a couple of times to get back to where I started and I'm going to close the Color panel.
That's more when you're experimenting and just trying to come up with different swatches. If you want to change the saturation of an existing swatch, so you don't generate additional unnamed colors, go ahead and double-click on the swatch that you want to edit. It brings up the Swatch Options dialog and you can use the same shortcut in this dialog. So again, hold down the Shift key and drag the sliders and they'll drag uniformly and you are changing the saturation of this specific name swatch. Go ahead and click OK and now, everywhere that swatch has been used, I've changed its saturation, document wide.
So there you have it, two different ways to accomplish the same thing. One that updates the actual name swatch, one where it just creates a new unnamed color.
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