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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 power shortcut is an example of how you can save time while you are creating new frames. So, for instance if I know I want the frame I am drawing to be 5x7 inches or 7x5 inches, it's a lot easier to just specify that as you create it instead of drawing something random and then go in to say like the Control panel and type in the new values for it. So, I am going to go and get my Rectangular Frame tool. I'll press the F key for that and instead of clicking-and-dragging like we normally do to just kind of arbitrarily size something out and maybe pay attention to the tooltip there.
It tells us the width and height. But sometimes it's hard to get the exact numbers that you want. Go ahead and delete that. Instead of clicking-and-dragging just click and that brings up a dialog box where you can actually specify the size you want. So, I am going to type in 7, Tab, 5, Tab jumps to the next field. I hit OK by pressing the Enter key and I get the exact frame size that I wanted. Pretty cool. Let's say I wanted a 3 inch perfect circle. So, I am going to press the L key to switch to the Elliptical tool and again, instead of clicking-and-dragging, I am just going to click, type in 3 inches by 3 inches.
It's already entered in here, but you can type in some other number like 4x4. Hit Return and I get the frame size that I wanted as I created it. So it's pretty handy, when you know in advance what you want to achieve.
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