There’s a quick way to center objects on your page without using the ruler and guides. First you need to select all the objects you want to center. Once you have them selected, Cut them (Command + X). Once you have them Cut to the clipboard, set your view to Fit in Window (Command + 0). And finally, Paste your objects (Command + V). All the objects should be centered on the page. One thing that will make this work as accurately as possible is to make sure that any frames which contain images or text are “trimmed” so that the boxes don’t have excess space to either side.
Many times when you’re working on a Photoshop document that has many layers, you want to see just one layer at a time. It’s a pain to turn off all the other layers, especially if you don’t use Layer Groups. You can quickly turn off all but the one layer you want by holding down the Option key and clicking on the eyeball next to the layer you want to see – all the other layers will automatically hide. To get all your layers turned back on, simply repeat the process.
Did you know that you can Option + Click an object with the Rotation tool in Adobe InDesign to bring up the Rotation dialog box? You can also hit Option + Click with the Shear tool to bring up the Shear dialog box. And for scaling you have an added option of Option + Clicking with the Scale tool and not only bringing up the Scale dialog box, but in that dialog you have the ability to automatically make a copy of the object and scale that, rather than the original. And don’t forget, InDesign uses the spot you Option + Click as the reference point for these options. So for instance, if you Option + Click on the bottom right selection handle of an object with the scale tool, InDesign keeps the bottom right of the object where it is and scales from all sides down or up from there.
When you’re working with the brush tool in Photoshop there are a lot of shortcuts to make it a bit easier on you. The following shortcuts assume you already have the brush tool active. You can jump from one brush to another in the brush list simply by using the Arrow keys on your keyboard. Once you have a brush you like active, you can make the selected brush larger or smaller by using the Left [ and Right ] Bracket keys. If you have the Brushes drop down menu from the Control palette open, you can have it automatically close when you select your brush simply by double clicking the sized brush you want. This ONLY works in the Control Bar drop down menu, not the palette. Once you have your brush selected, you can use it to paint a straight line by holding down the Shift key. And if you really want to get some cool effects with your brush, go to your brushes palette and select your brush, then turn on or off some of the Dynamic Brush settings (the check boxes to the left of the brush.
Lets say you have a multi-page document and you’re jumping between two pages to see how text flows, etc. There’s an easier way than using the Command + J and number command. You can use the Command + Page Up/Page Down keys. For example, if you’re on page 2 and jump to page 8 normally, you can hit Command + Page Up to quickly go back to page 2 and then hit Commaned + Page Down to go back to page 8 again.
Did you know that you can get the Import Options dialog box to appear when placing an image without actually having to turn it on by default by checking the Show Import Options checkbox? Well you can. Simply hold the Shift key down when pressing the Open button or double-clicking on the file name in the Place dialog box. This will temporarily turn on the dialog.
Many people know that you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + [ (left bracket) for going back in history when in Safari (and other browsers) and Command + ] (right bracket) to for forward in history. But did you know that it works in the iTunes Store and in Finder windows as well? I love keyboard shortcuts!
Here’s an interesting tip Change One – Change All posted about InDesign that I didn’t know about, though I wish I did sooner. When you apply a CMYK color to text or an object in your InDesign document and decide that you want to make it a little darker or lighter, you normally would have to create a new color and adjust your CMYK percentages to get what you want – a timely task. It’s much easier to just select your color in the color palette and hold down the Shift key and move one of the sliders. The other three sliders will adjust accordingly along with it to give you your new color.
Did you know that you can close more than one layer group (folders) at a time in Photoshop’s Layer palette? You can with just two quick steps. Control + click the arrow on the left side of a Group layer (folder) in the Layer palette and choose Close All Other Groups. Now you’ll have to Control + click click the same arrow again and select Close This Group, because Adobe didn’t provide us with a “Close All Groups” menu item.
Did you know that if you click on the rotate icon in the Control palette in Adobe InDesign, which selects the text for the field, and enter a number, then hold the Shift key down and press Enter, the rotate input field stays highlighted so you can type in another amount for the object to be rotated – allowing you to get the rotation amount just right without having to go back to the Rotate icon again. Of course you could just free rotate the object by selecting it and hitting the “R” key and dragging the handles of your object, but it’s difficult to be precise using Free Rotate.