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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

with Deke McClelland

Video: How style automation works and why every file needs it

Demonstrates why InDesign's style sheets are far more powerful than anything found in any other page layout program.
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  1. 45m 34s
    1. How style automation works and why every file needs it
      2m 26s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys shortcuts
      3m 58s
    3. Meet the Eyedropper tool
      2m 12s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 18s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 17s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 45s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 18s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 29m 56s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 56s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 55s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 29s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 15s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 30s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 39s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 29s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 12s
  3. 20m 41s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 23s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 5s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 9s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 15s
    2. Organizing style sheets
      6m 14s
    3. Character styles protect overrides
      5m 21s
    4. Creating a character style
      3m 44s
    5. Prioritizing style sheet shortcuts
      5m 23s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 50s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 23s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      3m 59s
    3. Establishing a nested style
      3m 32s
    4. Setting the range of a nested style
      4m 3s
    5. Troubleshooting the nested range
      6m 49s
    6. Assigning automatic numbers
      2m 13s
    7. Assigning automatic bullets
      4m 49s
    8. Starting and restarting numbered sequences
      4m 15s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 23s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 9s
    13. Auto-numbering figures
      3m 0s
    14. Creating a custom Number setting
      4m 18s
    15. Specifying a chapter number
      3m 9s
    16. Numbering across threaded frames
      4m 4s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 28s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 36s
  6. 53m 12s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 0s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 36s
    5. Formatting the body of a table
      4m 22s
    6. Creating and applying column styles
      5m 32s
    7. Creating an all-inclusive table style
      4m 42s
    8. Converting and styling a table
      4m 48s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 20s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 24s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 25s
    13. Selectively applying a cell style
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. The convergence of very nearly everything
      1m 18s
    2. Updating a style from the Find Font command
      4m 23s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 2s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 42s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 27s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 8s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 18s
    10. Creating an anchored object
      6m 29s
    11. Viewing frames and threads
      3m 52s
    12. Creating an anchored object style
      3m 48s
    13. Establishing anchored object defaults
      3m 44s
    14. Problems? Fit the frame to the contents
      4m 35s
    15. Employing a highly selective object style
      5m 27s
    16. The best way to anchor objects
      2m 23s
    17. Moving and anchoring text and objects
      4m 4s
  8. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets
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Like other page layout applications, InDesign allows users to control the appearance of every element on a page. It helps format elements with style sheets, which collect formatting attributes for easy replication. But that's where the similarities end. InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets demonstrates why InDesign's style sheets are far more powerful than anything found in any other page layout program. Pioneering electronic publisher and author Deke McClelland goes to the heart of InDesign's style sheets, and discusses how they define and guide just about every other program feature. He covers how to format words, paragraphs, whole frames, objects, tables, and even entire stories with a single click. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts for InDesign Style Sheets from the Exercise Files tab.

Topics include:
  • Replicating formatting attributes with the Eyedropper tool
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Formatting stories with New Style and Quick Apply
  • Understanding and exploiting local overrides
  • Augmenting text with character styles
  • Employing nested and numbered styles
  • Using a "list" to number across stories
  • Working with table and cell styles
  • Creating and employing object styles
  • Automating whole page designs with anchored object styles

How style automation works and why every file needs it

Anyone familiar with InDesign knows it to be the best multi page creation program in the business. It offers a level of automation, control and versatility that no other design application can match. Style sheets are a prime example, the ultimate quintessence of automation, control and versatility; InDesign style sheets are several times better than anything found anywhere else. They are so core to the way InDesign works that I would argue come to terms with style sheets and you know InDesign.

Style sheets are your most surefire tools for making the program work at top form. Here's the idea. In InDesign, your job is to assemble thousands of words and hundreds of graphics across document after document of pages. But it's not enough to throw all those objects on the page, you have to define how each and every element looks down to individual page accents and punctuation marks. That's where style sheets come in. A single frame of text comprises a collection of formatting attributes, things like type face, bold, italic, type size, leading, alignment, drop caps, fills, stroke, text wrap, drop shadow.

The list isn't exactly endless, but it's close enough to be extremely boring. But save those attributes as a style sheet and you can apply them all at once to one or many objects at a time. Style sheets are also about conveying purpose, which goes to the heart of good design. Properly formatted style sheets distinguish headlines, from body copy, side bars from tables, plus you can change the style sheet definitions to repurpose a document or suit a different output medium. With the help of style sheets, you ensure that the form suits the function.

In the next several exercises, I am going to show you how to replicate collections of formatting attributes in a few different ways. I will show you the Eyedropper tool, it's really simple and really fast, and surprisingly powerful, and then I'll introduce the bigger theme of the series, style sheets, with specific examples of Paragraph Styles and Object Styles. In yesterday's page layout applications, your PageMaker, your Quark Xpress and the like, style sheets were valuable. In InDesign they are invaluable.

Impossible you say? No it's true, you should be applying all of your formatting attributes, bar none, using style sheets. In this chapter, you'll begin to see why.

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