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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 are two basic building blocks that you'll use over and over and over again inside InDesign to buildup a layout. Those two building blocks are two different types of frames, a text frame, which I'll just click on here, just so that you can see that and an image frame, or graphic frame that happens to have an image inside it. One of the first things you kind of have to navigate or learn is how to select the frame versus selecting the content in a frame. And you can see I'm using the Regular Selection tool or the Black Arrow some people call it, and clicking on objects on your page with that tool selects the frame for that particular object, not necessarily the content inside that frame.
The textbook method for selecting the content of a frame depends on what type of frame you're working with. If I switch to the Direct Selection tool, the White Arrow, I can press the letter A on my keyboard to switch to that. When you hover your mouse over a graphic frame that has an image inside it, you can see that Direct Selection tool actually changes to the Hand tool. That indicates that if you click, which I'll do now, I am going to go and grab that content right away. And now if I reposition that image inside its frame, you can see that image is actually larger than the frame that contains it. You can see that bounding box is sitting outside that image frame.
If I click and hold for a second, I get what we the patient user mode, or the portion of the image that is being clipped or cropped by the frame gets ghosted back, so you can reposition that in context there. And then I would just go back to my Selection tool and Deselect. That's a lot of extra clicking and tool switching. For a text frame, it's got something similar. You would click on your Type tool or switch to your Text tool by pressing the letter T, and then you can click and drag directly inside your text frame. Now, there's nothing wrong with these methods.
They're just not as fast as you could be. So, what we are going to do is a different method. Nothing up my sleeves, nothing selected. I have got my Regular Selection tool chosen here. I'm going to go ahead and triple click on this image frame. One, two, three, and that automatically switched me to my Direct Select tool, and selected the content. Now, if I double-click again, I go back up to its frame, and I switch back to the Selection tool. So, I don't really have to think about tool switching anymore. I can just triple click to go in, and double-click to go back out. Same thing with the text frames.
If I double-click with my Regular Selection tool, wherever I click inside that text frame is where my cursor is going to end up, and then I can go ahead and start dragging to select the text or start typing or whatever. So there you have it, very quick ways to go into a graphic frame by triple clicking, double-clicking to come back up to the frame, and it will automatically switch between Selection tool and Direct Selection tool for you. Don't have to worry about it. Same thing with text frame. Just double-click with a Selection tool. Dives you right in to where you can start selecting the text.
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