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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.
There is something about InDesign that I really appreciate and that's when I am using my keyboard shortcuts for Bold and Italic, it doesn't make fake Bold or fake Italic. What it does is it looks to see if the typeface I am using actually has Bold, Italic and Bold Italic fonts in the family and if it does, then it applies those fonts to my selection. If the particular typeface I have doesn't include those fonts in them then it just ignores the keyboard shortcut. So it's really nice convenient way of making sure that I don't create this fake Bold or fake Italic look like some other products might attempt to do.
So let's take a look at this text here. If I double-click into this text frame, you can see this text is set to Rockwell. And if I look in the Font Family field, you can see I do indeed have regular Italic, Bold and Bold Italic as separate font families there. Now if I go into the headline here, you can see it's Rockwell Extra Bold and if I look here, there is only one font. It's only Regular there is no Bold or Bold Italic, there. So let's go back to this text here and we'll just select this word by double-clicking. The keyboard shortcut for Bold is Command+Shift+B or Ctrl+Shift+B and that does indeed make that bold and it actually switches it to the Bold font.
If I try to do the same thing in the headline, by double clicking on the word 'Attention' here and it's set to Rockwell Extra Bold, Command+Shift+B ends up doing nothing, or Ctrl+Shift+B, you can see there is no change on screen and there is no change in the font specified either and it doesn't make it a fake Bold. So let's go back to this word here. It's a toggle, so Command+Shift+B or Ctrl+Shift+B will unbold something if it was already bold. And as you can guess, Italic is Command+Shift+I or Ctrl+Shift+I. That will make it Italic and actually switch it to the Italic font and then you can double these up. If I do Command+Shift+ B or Ctrl+Shift+B on top of something that's already Italic, then I end up with Bold Italic if that font indeed does exist.
So very smart bold and italic keyboard shortcuts. It just applies that appropriate font, if it exists, if it doesn't it just ignores those shortcuts, so you can be sure that you are not going to end up with something that looks bad.
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