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By David Blatner |

InDesign Secrets: Selecting through and into objects

One of the more natural things I like about InDesign (as opposed to, say, Photoshop) is that you can more easily grab the elements you want and move them around or edit their contents. However, if your layout becomes complicated with grouped and stacked and otherwise hard-to-grab objects, you need an arsenal of tips for selecting the item you’re aiming for. That’s exactly what David Blatner has for you in this week’s free InDesign Secrets episode.

The most all-purpose trick? Ctrl-click (Windows) or Cmd-click (Mac) through one object to get the item below. If your graphic frame is overlapping some text you need to edit, this is a sanity-saving measure for getting at the frame below. And David’s movie has a bunch of other secrets for selecting particular objects in a group or using layers to effectively select (or protect) items.

Meanwhile, for lynda.com members, David’s partner in InDesign secrecy, Anne-Marie Concepcion, has some more time- and mind-saving tips regarding the Swatches panel in the Online Training Library® this week.

Interested in more? •  All the InDesign Secrets in the Online Training Library® •  Courses by David Blatner the Online Training Library® •  Courses by Anne-Marie Concepcion the Online Training Library® •  Courses on InDesign the Online Training Library®

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