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Eyedropper Tool

Simply put, the Eyedropper tool—found in InDesign’s Tools palette but nowhere in XPress or PageMaker—is a cool tool to have in a page layout program. With it you can quickly copy all formatting attributes from an object and apply them to one or more objects, either selected or not.

Copying and Applying Colors

The Eyedropper tool lets you copy colors used in any open document, including those in placed bitmapped images. For example, if you wish to match the color of the type in a headline to the color of a car which appears in a placed picture, select the text with the Type tool and then click on the car with the Eyedropper tool. The Eyedropper immediately applies the color to any selected object, so you might consider pressing Command-Shift-A/Ctrl-Shift-A to deselect all objects before using it.


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