Being able to use something as versatile as Adobe InDesign as a pro means being efficient. Creativity is so often held back by the speed of navigating software, and InDesign can be no different.
When you have a vision of what you want to create, don’t let yourself slowed by not being able to click and navigate at speed. Here are our top time saving tips for using InDesign:
Use Keyboard Shortcuts
The Adobe suite has so many keyboard shortcuts that it can sometimes seem easier to ignore them than spend the time learning them. You may learn 10-20 when you first learn to use InDesign, and then never learn any more again. Make sure this doesn’t happen by downloading and printing the full list, and adding one or two more to your repertoire each time you use the software.
Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts
Despite the many keyboard shortcuts, it may seem like there’s never enough – or not the right one for what you want to do. If you find yourself repeating the same action without a shortcut then it’s simple to create one yourself or reassign an existing one.
Simply go Edit – Keyboard shortcuts, and then specify the Product Area, Command, Context and shortcut.
Use Master Pages
Using master pages can save a lot of time, especially when your document has a great many pages. This allows you to pre-define a layout which you won’t be able to accidentally alter.
To do this, go to the Pages palette and choose ‘A-Master’. Choose the elements you want in the master – and create as many masters as you need for your document.
For each new page you create, you’ll be able to drag a master page from here to the pages pane.
If you’re working on a page from a master and want to be able to change some elements of the layout for this page only, select it by shift+control+click (shift+command+click on a Mac) and adapt the layout as needed!
Easily Select Background Frames
If you have lots of open frames, and want to select a lower one, you can use control (command on Mac) to cycle through them. When you get to the one you want, click on the frames.
Create Custom Paragraph & Character Styles
Bring up the pane for creating custom paragraph and character styles by using the shortcut control+F11. Once you’ve set up your custom styles in this pane, you can quickly apply them with a couple of clicks where needed.
Use Special Characters
This saves a lot of time if you’d otherwise have to manually enter a series of numbers on different pages (such as the page numbers in a book).
Simply go to Type – Insert special characters – this page number (for example).
Like ‘Find and Replace’ in Microsoft products, Find/Change lets you change all instances of a given word, phrase or object at once. Just go Edit – Find/Change and enter what you want InDesign to find and what you want it changed to.Tags: adobe, creative, Design, indesign