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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.
If you are going to be using a lot of tints inside of a document, you might want to create Tint swatches. It makes it a lot easier to apply different percentages of a color to objects throughout your document, if you have already got predefined swatches. Let me show you what I mean. So here I have this rectangle and it's set to this particular RGB color and it's set to 100% Tint and each one of these rectangles is at a different Tint percentage. So that's 80%. That's 60%, 40% and 20% and so on. The way I did that is I actually had to click on the object, choose which color I wanted it to be by clicking in the Swatches panel, then clicking on the Tint field, in this case, I clicked on the label and that put the focus in there and I can just type a number and then I hit Return and I have got my tint.
The problem is if I want to go back and use that 80% or 60% or 40% tint on a different object, I have to repeat that step. So here I have this object I have already got the fill color assigned, but if I want an 80% tint or 60% tint again, I have to click on the Tint label, type in 60, hit Return and then I've got my tint again. It's a much easier process, if you actually create specific tint swatches. So let's go ahead and do that. To begin, I am going to go ahead and collapse the Pages panel down to hide it just down to it's tab by clicking in the light gray area here and now I can see my full swatch list.
I am going to go ahead and click on a rectangle that already has a tint of a color that I want to reuse. So in this case it's the 60% tint of this color. Now what I want to do is apply that to the Swatches panel as its own unique swatch. So if I click on the little color swatch here in the proxy at the top of the Swatches panel and click and drag that right below its parent color, it gets added to the swatches list and actually appends its filename or its color name with the tint percentage, so it's 60%.
So let's select the 40% version and again go to that little proxy swatch. Click and drag that right below the 60% one and now I have got a 40% swatch and we will do the same thing for the 20%. Again, I click on the little proxy swatch, drag it into the list below where we want it. You've got to make sure you don't drag it on top of another swatch, but right below it. Look for the dark line. Now I have got that added. So now anytime I want to use those particular tints on any other object in the document, I can just click on the object that I want to tint and click specifically on the color swatch that I want to use.
So it makes a lot easier to reuse tints over and over again within the same document.
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