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InDesign CS5 New Feature: Layers & Sublayers

InDesign CS5 introduces sublayers into the layers panel. I was already getting to hate it until I explored it a bit, and was pleasantly surprised to discover the implementation is done much better than in Illustrator.

  • Sublayers are automatically named: Create a text frame, InDesign will name the sublayer with the content inside the frame. Draw a shape, InDesign will name it a circle, square, polygon accordingly. Whats even better, as you make changes to your objects, InDesign will automatically update the names (unless you changed it manually).
  • Sublayers take the color of the parent layer: and will update to match the color of the parent layer wYhen the parent layer changes color.
  • You can right click: Right click on a sublayer, and you’ll be able to “select item” or “select and fit item”.
  • The Layers Panel will only display objects on the currently selected spread as sublayers.

I still wish there is a way to group layers natively, but I definitely like this better than Illustrator’s implementation.

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