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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.
Turns out that there is a very cool behavior that kind of goes unnoticed by InDesign that you can really use to your advantage. And that is InDesign keeps track of the transformations you've done to a particular object and then it lets you reuse those transformations, not just transformation but transformations and you get to use them again on other objects. What am I talking about? Okay, let's go ahead and select this orange rectangle here, and I'm going to do a few things to it. I'm going to scale it, say, 120%. So 120, press Return, okay so that's one transformation.
I'm going to move it, say 5 pixels over or 5 points over, whatever. So I am going to do +0p5, so 5 points over and that moved over to that new location. Then while I am at it, I am going to go ahead and rotate it, say, 15 degrees. So I've done three things. I have done a scale, a move, and a rotate. Now I'm going to go and select this object here. If I go to Transform Again, I see I've Transform Again and Transform Again Individually. Okay.
Transform Again just does the last transformation, which in this case would be the rotate, but there's a whole separate command called Transform Sequence Again and that will apply the sequence of transformations that you just did, all three to this new object. It's got its own keyword shortcut, Command+Option+4. I'll go ahead and choose the menu command and you can see what it did. It rotated it, it scaled it and it shifted it, just a little bit. So now I can select this other object and do Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt+4 and select that object and do Command+ Option+4 as well. Pretty handy.
So that lets you do at one at a time. If you want to apply those sequence of transformations to multiple objects at the same time instead of having to use that keyword shortcut, you can select all three or as many objects as you want, go to the Object > Transform Again command and choose Transform Sequence Again Individually, and you get bonus points if you can say that really fast. So I'll choose that menu command and I get the same result, just with fewer steps.
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