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I just recently downloaded a new app for my iPad called Actions, so I’ve been working on configuring it for the applications that I use often. Throughout this process, I’ve been searching applications for keyboard shortcuts for commands and buttons that I use often so I can decide whether or not I want to map it to an Actions button. While setting up my Dreamweaver shortcuts, I realized that a lot of the tools I use already have shortcuts, but some of them (like Save All) don’t.
After a little bit of digging, I discovered that Adobe CS applications allow you to customize the keyboard shortcuts that come standard in the application. I thought I would pass along the info to you all as well. I checked out Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop, Fireworks, and Illustrator and the following will work for all of them.
To edit the keyboard shortcuts in an Adobe application, in the Menu Bar, click Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts…. You’ll see the following dialog box:
From here, you simply find the command you want to add or change a shortcut for in the Commands section, then click in the Press Key text box, press the keyboard shortcut you want to assign, then click Change. If you’re adding your first shortcut, you’ll have to save a copy of the default keyboard set, but the application will warn you if needed.
That’s all there is to it. If you are curious, here’s what I was working on setting up using Actions for Dreamweaver:
Now that I’ve got that configured, I’ll be exploring how Actions can help my productivity in other applications. I expect I’ll write a post about Actions in the near future, so stay tuned.
In the last article, Creating and Using Templates in InDesign Part 2, we talked about creating paragraph styles and footers. In this final part, we’ll cover adding an additional page size, adding pages to our file size and then saving our file in the template format.
When dealing with a magazine, you have to consider thickness of the finished product. This basically means that the cover of the magazine will be slightly wider than the inner pages to make up for the thickness of the contained pages. Since the page we already designed is 8.5” by 11” and it contains all of our ad guidelines, we know this is the size for our inner pages. Let’s define it as that by changing the name in the Pages Panel.
To change the name of the Master Page, in the Pages Panel, choose Master Options for “A-Master.”
In the last Creating a Template with InDesign Part 1 article, we covered guidelines extensively. In this Part 2, we’ll cover creating footers and paragraph styles.
Generally recurring published materials like magazines have such information as title, page number, and date as footer information. With our template, it just makes sense to add this now as opposed to adding it later when we actually use the template to put together an article or magazine.
Let’s start with the title. We’ll first want to place a guideline 1/8th of an inch below the bottom page margin so that our footer isn’t right up against whatever content fills the page at a later time.
Templates come in handy when working on design projects that use the same basic composition. Some examples are newsletters, magazines, or advertisements that have to maintain a certain size and layout. InDesign allows you to create page layouts and then save those layouts as templates quite easily. Today we will talk about adding guidelines and paragraph styles to a page layout in order to really take advantage of what InDesign has to offer in this realm. We’ll create a template for a basic magazine page layout.
Here we have an example of what can be accomplished.
Have you ever tried to set a single Ruler Guide across a two-page spread in InDesign– and been frustrated in the effort? A Ruler Guide that extends across a spread is called a Spread Guide. To create one, set the view so you can see the Pasteboard and then drag the guide out across the pasteboard instead of across the printable area. Viola–it extends all the way across the spread. If you are zoomed in, hold the Ctrl key while you drag.
To place a copy of a Ruler Guide or Spread Guide on other pages, point to the guide and right-click when you see the cursor change. In the right-click menu, choose Copy. On following pages, from the Menu bar, choose Edit, and Paste in Place.
Remember also that you can only see Ruler and Spread Guides in Normal view.
1. In Word, we switch from Print Preview to Normal or Web Layout View by clicking on icons. In InDesign, when you would like to see how your document looks without the margins, column guides, etc. showing, there is an easy way to accomplish this.
A contact sheet is a grid of thumbnail images that may be used for a lot of things: yearbooks, calendars–anything in which you would like to post a thematic group of pictures. Adobe offers this automated function in some of its Creative Suite applications and in Lightroom.
In InDesign, creating a contact sheet is an easy process.
- From the Menu bar, choose File, then Place.
- Select multiple images by Ctrl-clicking or Shift-clicking. If you want to include captions with your images, check Create Static Captions.
- Click Open.
- On the InDesign page, start dragging. You will see a grid forming as you drag.
- Press the arrow keys to set the number of rows and columns you want.
- To change the spacing between frames, press Page Up or Page Down or hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) while pressing the arrow keys.
You will see a preview result of your keypresses onscreen as you work.
- Release the mouse button to place the grid of images.
- At this point, you can replace captions and resize at will.
If you are ready to break out of the PowerPoint mold and infuse rich design features with multimedia into your slide shows, create an interactive InDesign document for your next presentation. Adobe InDesign offers Presentation mode with buttons, transitions, and all interactive bells and whistles.
You can watch how to to do it here:
And you can check out all the features with written step-by-step how-to’s here: