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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.
Here is a fun thing you can do to impress your other InDesign user friends. You can make copies while you do transformations. So I am going to go ahead and get rid of these objects over here just for the moment, and delete them. I am going to move this orange rectangle. I want to move it down, but I don't actually want to move this one down. I want to move a copy of this one down. So let's go take a look in the Control panel and see what we can do about this. I am going to move it from a certain reference point, so I want there to be a certain amount of space between this object and the object I am going to create.
So I am going to target the bottom right-hand or bottom middle handle here. The Height of this object is 4 picas. So I want a duplicate of this to be say 3 picas away. So four plus three is seven, I want there to be plus seven. So I am going to type in the plus key and 7 in my Y field here. Now, if I were to press Return, I will go ahead and do that. That's not what I wanted. That moved this version of that object down to a new point. I am going to undo it. I am going to go ahead and type in that +7 again, but this time, what's that make better key in InDesign? It's the Option key or Alt on Windows.
So if I Option+Return, I get a copy of that object. Exactly the amount of space that I wanted. So now if I want another one, I can just do +7 again in the Y field, Option+Return, and I get that duplicate. So it's a very easy way to precisely duplicate objects and put them where you want, as you do it. Now, it works not just for Position. You can do this for Scale as well. So if I want to have a version of this that's say 50% smaller, I will type in 50% and again, Option+Return or Alt+ Return, and I get a duplicate of that object 50% smaller from the reference point that I chose.
Since I had the bottom right, that's where the copy ended up in relation to its original. If I had wanted to do it from the center-- we will go ahead and undo that, Command+Z. I am going to click the center reference point. We will go to the Scale field again, we will type in 50, and Option+Return or Option+Enter, and I get exactly what I want there. So lots of power and flexibility, have some fun with that one. You can make duplicates while you do your transformations. Just hold down the Option or Alt key when you press Enter after entering some values in the Control panel.
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