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The ability to map styles when we're using text content is one of the most powerful and useful aspects of the Content Conveyor in InDesign CS6. But it's not the most intuitive feature. Fortunately, there are just a few key points to understand and you'll be well on your way to mapping text styles. In this case, I have two documents and I want to reuse all this content from the document on the left to the document on the right. And although you can see they are similarly structured, you can tell that the text formatting differs in the two, and I would like to have this text formatting from the document on the left changed so it matches the text formatting in the document on the right.
In the past, what I would have to do is something like copy and paste and then I'd have to apply all the styles from the document on the right and if I wanted to be neat about it, I'd have to delete the styles that came in with the text. All in all, it was a pretty tedious and time-consuming workflow. But now if I use the Content Conveyor, I can enable style mapping and take some of the pain out of reformatting reused text. So, over in the original document, I'm going to press the B key on my keyboard to get the Content Collector tool and when I do so, the Content Conveyor is displayed. I'm going to drag over all the frames in my original document to load them into the conveyor and I can see that I loaded three frames.
Now Map Styles is grayed out, but it's selected. Now, why is that? Well, that's because I still have the Content Collector tool selected. I need to switch to the Content Placer tool, and now I can edit my style mappings. I'll switch over to my second document and go to a blank page, and then I'll click on Edit Custom Style Mapping. In the dialog box, I need to pick from the Source Document which is the one with the original formatting that I am mapping from. For Style Type, I have choices here: Paragraph, Character, Table, and Cell.
In this case, I'm just going to map paragraph styles. And then I'll click on New Style Mapping. I'll click here and choose a paragraph style to map for my original document. So I'll start with body text and I'll map that in my new document to body text_serif. I'll create another style mapping. I'll map number to number_black. And a third style mapping, I'll map reason to reason_purple and click OK.
Now that the style mapping is set up, I'll click in my new document and there I have mapped styles. So I can see the color of the number has changed, the font and style of the heading has changed, and now my text has gone from sans serif and gray to serif in black. But what if I decided this wasn't exactly what I wanted? Well, I can actually undo and change the style mapping. I'll go back to the Conveyor and in this case, I'll just select the body text and I'll delete that style mapping. So I'll still map the number and reason paragraph styles, but not the body text.
I'll click OK, click back in the document, and I can see that those two styles mapped, but the third one didn't. In the battle to efficiently repurpose content, style mapping is one of the secret weapons lurking in the Content Conveyor. Once you set up custom style mappings, you can instantly reformat content as it's placed into different documents and save yourself some effort.
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