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Resizing a single object in a group of objects in Adobe InDesign

InDesign CS5If you have a group of objects in your Adobe InDesign and you wish to resize just one of the objects in the group, it can be somewhat of a pain to ungroup the objects, size the one you want, then group them all again. Thankfully, you don’t have to if you use this quick tip.

Here’s how you size one object in a group:

  1. Select the object you want to resize using Adobe InDesign’s Direct Selection tool (the white arrow tool – second one down in the toolbox)
  2. Once the single object has been selected and the bounding box appears, switch to the Selection tool (the black arrow tool – the first tool in the toolbox)
  3. The single object is fully selected and you can size it as you normally would
  4. De-select the single object and your object group remains intact. That’s it!

Easily adding a starting page number with Adobe InDesign CS5

I’ve already pointed out that Adobe InDesign CS5 adds many small new features. Another such feature is the ability to set your starting auto page number in the New Document dialog box.

Start Page Number in Adobe InDesign

The new Start Page # feature in InDesign's New Page dialog box

You’ll still need to create an Auto Page Number box on your page just as you always have, but prior to InDesign CS5, you had to manually set the starting page number to your document via the Numbering & Section Options contextual menu in the Pages panel. Now, you can set it right at the start of your document creation.

Not a huge feature, but a nice one for those who regularly create auto page numbers that don’t start with the number 1.

Working with document tabs in Adobe CS4 and CS5

I’m amazed to find there are still designers out there that struggle with Adobe’s tabbed document interface when trying to get objects from one document into a second one, rather than copy and pasting them. The process is a simple drag and drop operation in both CS4 and CS5 apps.

Adobe Document Tabs

Document tabs offer simple drag & drop convenience

Select your objects and drag them from the current document over to the second document’s tab and hover there for a second or two. The second document will come to the front, allowing you to drop the objects on the page.

Save clicks with Photoshop CS4s spring-loaded tool icons

PhotoshopIt may not be apparent to you that you can switch from one Adobe Photoshop CS4 tool to another, then back again with just a single click. It wasn’t to me, until I came across it by accident. Let’s say you’re carefully cloning an area of your image with the Stamp tool and you have a slight lapse in concentration… doh! Simply hit the E (switches to the Eraser tool) key and hold it down, erase the goof with your cursor, then let go of the E key. You automatically switch back to the Stamp tool so you can quickly finish the cloning job. The key is to hold down the key while performing the task of the second tool.

InDesign drag & drop text shortcuts

InDesignAdobe InDesign offers plenty of shortcuts, but there are a few that don’t get much attention that are quite handy once you get used to using them. One of the areas that is often neglected is InDesign’s ability to drag & drop text, rather than using copy & paste.

Drag & Drop Text EditingTo take advantage of InDesign’s drag & drop features, you first have to turn it on. You can do this by visiting InDesign’s preferences by navigating to InDesign>Preferences>Type, or hitting Command + K and selecting the Type item in the source list on the left of the prefs window. About half-way down in the Type prefs window you’ll see the Drag & Drop Text Editing section. Check the Enable in Layout View box.

Now that the feature is turned on, you can select any text in an InDesign text frame, then click, hold and drag the highlighted text. Releasing the mouse button drops the text into place. That alone can be a real time saver when you’re editing text. But the fun is just starting…

Opening layered Photoshop files as a flattened image

Adobe PhotoshopIf you want to open a layered Photoshop file as a flattened image you can save time by going to the Open dialog box in Photoshop and selecting your file. Hold down the Shift and Option keys and hit open. You will be presented with a dialog box asking if you wish to Read the Composite Data Instead. Hit OK and you will have a flattened version of your file opened instead of the layered version. This key-combination works while double clicking a file in the Finder as well.

InDesign page changing shortcuts you may not know about

Adobe InDesignEverybody knows you can go to any particular page in you InDesign document by double-clicking its page icon in the Pages palette, or by typing the page number you want to go to in the little Page indicator box in the lower left of your document window. Of course, there’s always the old Command + J shortcut to bring up a dialog box where you can type your desired page number in. Here’s another page changing tip. Hold down the Option key while double-clicking the page icon in the Pages palette to not only go to that page, but switch the view to Fit Page in Window at the same time.

Quickly rotate your canvas view in Photoshop

PhotoshopAdobe added a handy feature to Photoshop CS4 with the rotate canvas tool, which allows you to temporarily rotate your view of the canvas on screen without actually rotating the physical document. You can quickly rotate the canvas no matter what tool you currently have selected simply by holding down the R key for a second or two, then dragging your mouse to rotate the view.

Zoom shortcuts for InDesign

When working in your Adobe InDesign document, you can quickly zoom in or out on your page or spread with a few quick shortcuts. Command + Spacebar + Click zooms in on your document page, centering on the area around your cursor. Command + Option + Spacebar + Click zooms out on your document page. Double-click the Hand Tool in the Toolbar, or hit Command + Option + 0 (zero), to automatically fit the page or spread to the screen (obviously, the zoom amount will vary depending on the size of your monitor). Double-click the Zoom Tool in the Toolbar, or hit Command + 1, to view your page or spread at 100%