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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.
Let's say that you want to rotate each one of these objects here 15 degrees. Stands to reason you would go select those three objects first, right? Go to the Control panel let's say and then the Rotate field type in 15 and hit Return. Hmmm. That's not what I was expecting. I was expecting each object to rotate by itself. But what happened here is it kind of treated it as a group or it rotated the sum of all three of those 15 degrees. Now sometimes that may be what you wanted, but that's not what I was trying to accomplish, so I am going to undo that.
What we are going to do instead is just rotate one of them. We will go to our Rotate field again, type in 15 degrees, press Return. Now I am going to select the other two and I am going to use the Transform Again command. Now Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+3 is the Transform Again command. Oh! I'm close! I was able to reapply the last transformation, which in this case was Rotate, to any new object because InDesign is keeping track of the last transformations you have done and it just reapplied them to these new objects that I had selected.
But it still couldn't quite do what I was hoping for, so I am going to undo that. I still have my objects selected. Now this next command does not have a default keyboard shortcut. I would argue that you might want to change it. I am going to go to the Object menu and under Transform Again is Transform Again Individually. On my copy of InDesign what I have done is I have actually swapped it so that the Transform Again command doesn't have a keyboard shortcut, but the Transform Again Individually does. And look what happens when I go ahead and choose this command. Ah! Exactly what I wanted.
So you can use the Transform Again command to reapply the last transformation you did, in this case Rotate, to any new selected object. Command+Option+3, Ctrl+Alt+3. But if you want it to apply to each object individually, you have to use that separate command, which is called Transform Again Individually. And now you know.
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