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Author David Blatner provides in-depth training on InDesign CS5, Adobe's print and interactive page layout application, in InDesign CS5 Essential Training. The course shows how to create new documents with strong and flexible master pages, precisely position text and graphics, prepare documents for print, and export designs as interactive PDF or Flash SWF files. Exercise files are included with the course.
I'm sure you can tell by now that I just love keyboard shortcuts. It's just all about efficiency and in the last movie we saw how every tool has its own shortcut. But sometimes, when you're working really quickly, switching from one tool to another and then back again is just too slow. So enter the world of spring-loaded tool shortcuts. Let me show you how it works. Right now, I've got the Selection tool and I want to drag out a new frame, one of these graphic frames over here, but instead of switching the tool, dragging up the frame, and then switching back to the Selection tool, I'm going to hold down the F key to get that tool.
Now I haven't let go of the F key yet; It's still held down. So it switches that tool and I drag out the frame. Then I let go of the mouse button, and then I let go of the F key, and you see how it immediately switches back to the Selection tool. That's what I mean by a spring-loaded tool shortcut. I can do the same thing with the Type tool. I can hold on the T, drag out a Type frame, let go of the mouse button, let go of the T, and then I'm back to the Selection tool. It's just a really efficient fast way of moving among your tools.
Okay I know you're laughing at me about all these crazy little shortcuts but honestly teaching your fingers how to do all these little shortcut dance routines can be well worth it once you get the hang of it.
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