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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, in this video I actually get to show you one of my favorite little secret shortcuts. It's kind of geeky though, so we've got to forgive that. I want to change the width let's say of this object and its frame to a specific amount. So right now it's currently 21 picas wide. Let's say that I want the width to fit 15 picas wide. Okay. Well, that should be easy enough, right, just go into the Width field and type in 15 and hit Return, right? No, because that's the resize. Remember the Width and Height widgets are for resizing frames.
The Scale widgets are for scaling them and the content as well. So I am going to undo that. I wanted the image to fit, continue to fit within that frame and scale along with it when I typed in 15 picas. So let's select that image again. What's the workaround? Just type in the 15 p in the Scale widget instead. Remember you can go ahead and type in percentages in the Width and Height field but you can also just type in specific dimensions and then InDesign will figure out the math if you put those dimensions in the Scale fields. So we are going to type in 15 p for picas in the Width Scale field, press Return and because the proportional option was turned on, it fits this within 15 pixels, the Height scales proportionally, and I get exactly what I wanted.
The image and the frame both scaled to fit 15 picas wide. Love it!
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