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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.
All right, I am going to give you a couple of keyboard shortcuts for scaling objects. Kind of fun. When you don't know exactly how big you want something, you just kind of want to eyeball it, you want to make it a little bit bigger, or a little bit smaller, this is a great technique. So let's begin. I am going to go ahead and select this yellow circle here and I am going to go ahead and copy it, Command+C or Ctrl+C, and I want to paste a copy of that right on top of itself. Now, there is a keyboard shortcut for it, but I will tell you where the command is as well, Edit > Paste in Place. It's Command+Option+Shift+V, so it's a variant of the Paste command. On Windows it would be Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V. I am going to go ahead and do that.
Now, it doesn't look like anything has changed, because I have a copy right on top of itself. I am going to go ahead and change the Fill Color to Orange, and then we will start using these cool keyboard shortcuts to scale it. So there is Command and Period and Comma, or if you look at the keyboard, those are also the greater than or less than keys, so it makes it easy to remember. So I am going to do Command+Period and that's going to scale this object up 1% at a time, every time you hit that keystroke, 1%. Now, it's doing it from the center because that's the proxy point, or the transformation point that's chosen in the Control panel here in the upper left-hand corner.
Now that I have made it a little bit bigger, I can go ahead and send that to the back. So I am going to do Command+Shift+Left Bracket to move that to the back, so now I can see the yellow one in front of it. We will just do the Command+Period a couple of times, until you see it growing. So it's looking good, and this is a growing it by 1%. So every time I do this, it scales it 1%. Now, if I want to go backwards, I do Command+Comma or less than, and I can go up or down by 1%, just depending on the keyboard shortcut that you use. Now, you can see the Stroke is also getting thicker or thinner depending on which direction you go.
I don't want this Stroke to Scale, so as a remainder you can turn that off. So I am going to go ahead and begin again by deleting this copy, go ahead and select our yellow circle to get started again. But before I actually do my scaling, I want to go to my Control panel flyout options, and turn off the Adjust Stroke Weight When Scaling option. Great! We will go ahead and copy again, Command+C or Edit > Copy, Edit > Paste in Place, or Command+Option+ Shift+V, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V. Great! Let's change the Fill Color, just so we can see it different. This time I am going to scale by 5%, so Command+Comma or Ctrl+Comma was up or down by 1%.
So Command+Period, Command+Comma, those two. I want to go in larger increments, in 5% increments. You guessed it, the Make Better key. Just add Option or Alt to this keyboard shortcut. So Command+Option+Period or Command+ Option+Comma to go either direction. So Command+Option+Period to make this bigger and now it's jumping in 5% increments. We can move this to the back, Command+ Shift+Left Bracket, and now you can see the circle got bigger but the stroke did not. So we can do this one more time. I am going to go ahead and copy it, Edit > Copy, Command+C.
Command+Option+Shift+V for Paste in Place. Let's make this Green gill, and we will make this one bigger as well. Ctrl+Alt+Period a couple of times. We will send it to the back, Command+ Shift+Left Bracket, and then you can see I can make these concentric circles. Wow, that's a mouthful. So anyway, some interesting keyboard shortcuts for scaling by 1% and 5% in either direction, and then just turning on or off the Scale Stroke attribute if that's not what you want.
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