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In Acrobat, it's nice when you send a PDF file to someone and it opens automatically in the Fit Page View. To guarantee this is how your user will open it, you need to go into your Properties (under the file menu) and click on the initial view tab, and change the magnification from Default to Fit page.
Replacing pages-in the pages pane, you may select a page or pages to be replaced by a more current page. Go to the options area of the page panel to view this option. Also note that from that drop down, you could extract, delete or insert pages from this area.
Printing Thumbnails in Acrobat - Sometimes you have a multi-page PDF file, but just want to print out thumbnails. Just go to the file menu - Print- Go to the Page Scaling Drop Down Menu and choose Multiple Pages Per Sheet. Then go to custom to choose how many pages per sheet you wish to print.
Adding a Header and Footer to a PDF-you can easily add Headers and Footers to PDF Files-Go to the Document Menu and you will see an area for Headers and Footers.
Adding a Watermark to a PDF-you can easily add Watermarks to PDF Files-Go to the Document Menu and you will see an area for adding a watermark.
Making single PDF pages from a multiage file-In Acrobat, go to the pages panel, and in the options area, you can choose extract pages. One of the newer options is to extract as single pages. Checking this option will ask you to select a location to place the pages, and will make a single pdf for each page of the document
Rotating text only in a Text Frame - If you want to have type rotated in a square or rectangular frame--while keeping the text frame straight-create a second text frame inside this one, and rotate it. Place some text inside the rotated one, select both rectangles and in the pathfinder panel - select the "add" option-viola ;-)
I love this obscure feature - In InDesign CS4 or later - you can double click on the empty application frame window to display the open dialog box. You must have the Application Frame on (under your window menu) for this to work.
One of my favorite InDesign tips for adding guides. If you have a guide on your page and need to add one a certain distance from it, say .875", just select the guide that you need to offset one from, go into your control panel and add (+) the .875" to either the X or Y coordinate, hold down your Opt/Alt key and press ENTER or RETURN. The new Guide will be positioned .875" from the original. Don't forget to write on this wall if you have any questions, rather than private messages, as others will benefit!
One of the most important features in INDCS5's multiple page sizes in one document. Now you can create one document to hold a catalog, business card, flyer, envelope etc. You can share color palettes, style sheets and images. Sweet!!!
Contextual menus - in the mac, use your control key or use the right click button on a PC, and click on anything in your document to access a dynamic drop down menu, which will give you access to many options that could be done with your selected item. Since it is dynamic, the options change based on what you have clicked. Try it everywhere!!!
Guides-If you have a bunch of locations where guides needs to be placed, you can add your first guide, and then, if it is a horizontal guide, go to the Y coordinate, type in where the next guide goes, and hold down the opt/alt key and hit Enter or Return, and a new guide will be in that position. Do the same for the remaining guides. For vertical guides, use the X coordinate. Don't forget you can mix and match unit types or use the field box as a calculator. For example, let's say you had a guide at 1.5" and then need another guide 15mm from there. Simply put your cursor after the " or the "in" mark and type +15mm. Hold down the opt/alt key and hit Enter and the new value will be in the field, as well as the new guide on your page.
Shape Basics-when drawing shapes, hold down the Shift Key to make perfect 1 to 1 ratio objects (perfect squares or circles etc.), and hold down the OPT/ALT key to draw from the Center.
Moving a Shape While Still Drawing- Sometimes when you are drawing shapes, they tend to be outside the page, or in general, completely in the wrong spot. To move the shape while you are still drawing it (make sure not let go of your mouse), hold the spacebar down and you can easily move the shape to a new position. Let go of the spacebar, and keep playing with it till you are ready to release the mouse.
Copy and Pasting Layers - In your layers Panel, is an option called "Paste Remembers Layers". If you have this option checked, and you copy all the elements in your document and paste them into a new document, all your layers will be retained. Without this option, everything goes to the default Layer 1.
Select Same-If you go to the “Select” menu, and click on “Same,” you can instantly select ALL of the shapes with that same fill color, stroke color, or both. Other “select same” options include Blending Mode, Opacity, and Stroke Weight.This can be a huge time saver.
Global Color-when you make a new color in your swatch panel, checking the choosing global color checkbox will make the color dynamically attached to whatever it is applied to. This means, if you need to modify that color, changing it from the swatches panel, will automatically change everything that was made with that color on your artboard.
Opt + DELETE (fill what is selected with the foreground color)
CMD + DELETE (fill what is selected with the background color)