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Like text styles and swatches, object styles are great for applying consistent automatic formatting. Nearly any formatting you can apply to an object, you can save into an Object style and then apply throughout your documents. So let's look at some examples of what you can do with Object styles. A great timesaver is to use objects styles to apply formatting to all the text in a text frame, and you can achieve some really amazing things by using the Next Style feature as well. So here I have an example of a page element; a box containing a recipe that I'd like to create automatically with an object style, and the reason I think I can do this is that the recipes will have a totally predictable sequence of styles.
They will all start with the recipe title, then have a bunch of ingredients, then have this comment, and a number of steps coming after that. So first in my Paragraph styles, I need to setup the Next Style feature in each one of these paragraph styles to get InDesign to apply them all at once. So I go to my Paragraph styles, and I will go to Recipes, and I'll check out RecipeTitle by right- clicking on it, just to confirm. So the next style after RecipeTitle is going to be RecipeIngredient and after RecipeIngredient, the next style is going to be RecipeComment, and after RecipeComment, we are going to have RecipeStep.
Okay so the Next Styles are all setup. Now I am going to select this prototype recipe box, and go to my Object styles. I am going to Option + Click or Alt + Click on the Create New Style button, and I will call it RecipeBox. I am going to make sure Preview and Apply to Selection are selected, so I can see what's going to happen to my frame, and in the Basic Attributes I'll make sure to apply the fill, the stroke that I want. So I have the Fill and the Stroke. I have the Corner Options to apply these rounded corners down here, and I want to keep the other options checked as well.
So I can apply things like the Inset Spacing to keep the text away from the inside of the frame. But the really important one to select here is Paragraph Styles. So I will click on that to select it, and I want to make sure that I apply RecipeTitle and then Apply Next Style. I'll click OK, and now I have my object style. So I will select my new text frame with no formatting on it. So everything inside here is just styled with basic paragraph. I will go to my Object styles and apply RecipeBox, and there it is.
It took on all the text formatting. It took on the stroke, even the graphic effect that was applied to Bevel and Emboss the Stroke, the rounded corners, everything. So using object styles in some situations can be nearly as important as using text styles, and as we just saw, you can even use object styles to apply formatting that includes text styles.
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