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090 Three great Object Styles for any designer


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InDesign Secrets

with Anne-Marie Concepción and David Blatner
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    1. 137 Quick tips for making a small PDF file size
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  2. 12h 40m
    1. 001 Intro to InDesign Secrets
      51s
    2. 002 The hidden "auto-expand text" feature
      5m 51s
    3. 003 Letting InDesign do the math for you
      3m 15s
    4. 004 The indispensible Quick Apply feature
      5m 29s
    5. 005 Customizing the Links panel
      6m 53s
    6. 006 Magically building graphs with the Chartwell font
      7m 43s
    7. 007 Using the Eyedropper tool to pick up character or paragraph attributes
      3m 21s
    8. 008 Selecting through and into objects using cmd-click and Select Above/Below
      5m 46s
    9. 009 Some great tips and tricks for the Swatches panel
      9m 40s
    10. 010 Saving down for backward compatibility with INX and IDML
      5m 55s
    11. 011 Using the INX and IDML formats to fix problems
      4m 46s
    12. 012 InDesign's Easter eggs
      5m 0s
    13. 013 Three cool GREP styles everyone can use
      7m 35s
    14. 014 A field guide to special characters
      8m 2s
    15. 015 Trashing the application preferences to solve weird behaviors
      4m 42s
    16. 016 Aligning numbered lists by decimal points
      3m 10s
    17. 017 Running a script
      9m 33s
    18. 018 When text disappears from a text frame
      6m 18s
    19. 019 Preview and Presentation modes (changing color, etc.)
      4m 8s
    20. 020 Using multiple windows for comparisons
      3m 35s
    21. 021 Putting images on a stroke
      5m 23s
    22. 022 Making your own motion path
      5m 43s
    23. 023 Copying objects between Illustrator and InDesign
      6m 53s
    24. 024 Using layer comps in Photoshop files to show alternates in InDesign
      4m 19s
    25. 025 Adding custom HTML tags to EPUB/HTML exports
      5m 32s
    26. 026 Tracking down type issues with the composition highlighter
      8m 13s
    27. 027 Managing your InDesign panels
      5m 46s
    28. 028 Creating running heads using variables
      5m 1s
    29. 029 Live Caption tips and tricks
      8m 3s
    30. 030 Making professional drop caps
      10m 37s
    31. 031 Making two-state buttons in interactive documents
      5m 5s
    32. 032 Moving pages from one document to another
      3m 15s
    33. 033 Wrapping bulleted text around a curve
      5m 58s
    34. 034 Importing a custom dictionary
      7m 8s
    35. 035 Changing document orientation and page size
      6m 45s
    36. 036 Numbering instead of using auto page numbers
      6m 23s
    37. 037 Setting story order with the Articles panel
      8m 3s
    38. 038 Updating a linked table without losing formatting
      5m 38s
    39. 039 Creating electronic sticky notes
      4m 49s
    40. 040 Moving master page items to the top layer for visibility
      2m 48s
    41. 041 Five guide tricks that will impress your coworkers
      6m 18s
    42. 042 Letting InDesign add the diacritics
      4m 21s
    43. 043 Using single-cell table cells for custom paragraph formatting
      6m 2s
    44. 044 Formatting fractions correctly
      8m 11s
    45. 045 Fixing unwanted hyperlinks in an imported Word file
      5m 57s
    46. 046 Inline graphic tricks with invisible paragraphs
      4m 21s
    47. 047 Ensuring the first line of every chapter starts in the same spot
      3m 1s
    48. 048 Specifying an exact amount of space between objects
      5m 17s
    49. 049 Fixing last lines that are too short
      8m 16s
    50. 050 Creating web graphics from your InDesign artwork
      7m 20s
    51. 051 Using “No Language” to suppress unwanted hyphenation, spell-checking, and smart quotes
      2m 48s
    52. 052 Five things that should be in every new file
      5m 19s
    53. 053 Forcing EPUB page breaks with invisible objects
      6m 21s
    54. 054 Understanding component information
      6m 39s
    55. 055 Creating running heads using section markers
      4m 16s
    56. 056 Making a font with InDesign using the IndyFont script
      5m 20s
    57. 057 Finding where that color is used
      7m 17s
    58. 058 Text wrapping
      6m 54s
    59. 059 Inserting pages: Understanding the Pages panel
      4m 20s
    60. 060 Copying paths between Illustrator and InDesign
      5m 14s
    61. 061 Automating Find/Change with the Find/ChangeByList script
      12m 48s
    62. 062 Embedding images
      7m 43s
    63. 063 Adjusting leading inside a paragraph
      4m 31s
    64. 064 Placing one InDesign file inside another
      3m 58s
    65. 065 Creating bookmarks for PDFs
      7m 25s
    66. 066 Customizing the story editor preferences
      6m 4s
    67. 067 Setting the size of text exactly with this free script
      3m 28s
    68. 068 Using Gravity to simulate perspective
      3m 15s
    69. 069 Fixing the overflowing text frame problem in EPUBs
      5m 0s
    70. 070 Ten uses of the Story Editor
      11m 39s
    71. 071 Moving an object: Ten ways!
      7m 18s
    72. 072 Understanding optical margin alignment (and the quote trick)
      4m 23s
    73. 073 Changing the shape of any frame with the pen tool
      6m 12s
    74. 074 Working with sets in the content conveyor tool
      10m 40s
    75. 075 Running text along the top and the bottom of a circle
      3m 51s
    76. 076 Creating a list using the Table of Contents feature
      3m 25s
    77. 077 Quickly threading frames together and unthreading frames
      13m 22s
    78. 078 The secrets of formatting objects with Find/Change
      6m 34s
    79. 079 Using ruler guides: 10 great tricks
      5m 3s
    80. 080 Converting a clipping path to a frame
      4m 24s
    81. 081 Adding a drop shadow to a single word inside a frame
      3m 14s
    82. 082 Creating a custom cross-reference format
      13m 53s
    83. 083 Putting different-sized pages on a single spread
      3m 7s
    84. 084 Formatting prices with nested and grep styles
      6m 21s
    85. 085 Checking out the Gridify tricks
      5m 17s
    86. 086 Using Illustrator to create InDesign gradient swatches
      4m 49s
    87. 087 Building a simple grep style to change character size
      3m 45s
    88. 088 Exporting a grayscale PDF
      3m 16s
    89. 089 Three ways to cheat text outside of its frame
      6m 8s
    90. 090 Three great Object Styles for any designer
      8m 1s
    91. 091 Choosing alpha channel image transparency
      2m 25s
    92. 092 Adding and reading metadata for InDesign files
      3m 25s
    93. 093 Adding ALT tags to your images
      6m 59s
    94. 094 How to Place & Link a text frame's text but not its formatting
      7m 4s
    95. 095 Setting the baseline position of a caption
      2m 39s
    96. 096 Managing changing pages with primary text frames
      5m 23s
    97. 097 Secrets of the Info panel
      7m 31s
    98. 098 Surprising ways to do a word count
      5m 29s
    99. 099 Placing an object where you want it with an object style
      6m 18s
    100. 100 Aligning Objects tips and tricks
      5m 10s
    101. 101 Applying corner options to any shape
      2m 17s
    102. 102 Converting footnotes to endnotes with a free script
      4m 49s
    103. 103 Making tab leaders pretty
      4m 18s
    104. 104 Converting text to outlines the right way
      4m 30s
    105. 105 Turning InDesign into a speed demon
      8m 31s
    106. 106 Working with MiniBridge
      5m 45s
    107. 107 Customize your QR codes
      6m 17s
    108. 108 Using the same keyboard shortcut for two different commands with the Context feature
      5m 22s
    109. 109 Making a text highlighter
      3m 33s
    110. 110 Updating an interactive PDF without losing work done in Acrobat
      5m 31s
    111. 111 Adding custom text at the beginning of each line automatically
      4m 0s
    112. 112 Packaging images on the pasteboard
      3m 32s
    113. 113 Automatically updating figure references for books
      6m 9s
    114. 114 Adding Tool Tips to your form fields in InDesign
      3m 21s
    115. 115 Setting poetry, flush left, center on longest line
      3m 54s
    116. 116 Use bookmarks to navigate long documents in production
      4m 57s
    117. 117 Selecting text with the InDesign keyboard dance
      2m 0s
    118. 118 Including a total page count in your page numbers
      6m 19s
    119. 119 Making a custom arrowhead
      5m 37s
    120. 120 Making alternative body text styles for fast typesetting
      5m 4s
    121. 121 Making InDesign patterns with the free PatternMaker
      3m 45s
    122. 122 Creating pull quotes the easy way
      5m 1s
    123. 123 Allow text frame to resize with text
      2m 43s
    124. 124 Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles
      5m 48s
    125. 125 Make two automatically threaded text flows
      3m 37s
    126. 126 Saving for Web in InDesign
      6m 7s
    127. 127 Numbering rows in a table
      5m 10s
    128. 128 Making automatic jump lines
      6m 52s
    129. 129 Turning off allow pages to shuffle in order to separate facing pages
      3m 40s
    130. 130 Dealing with parentheses around text size
      4m 19s
    131. 131 Make a fill in the blank label for contracts and forms
      7m 53s
    132. 132 Changing the shape of polygons and starburst as you draw or afterward
      4m 17s
    133. 133 Contextual text and images that you only want sometimes visible
      4m 55s
    134. 134 Creating nav points in a movie
      4m 31s
    135. 135 Adding effects to your rule above and rule below
      3m 38s
    136. 136 Fitting text to a specific size
      4m 45s

Video: 090 Three great Object Styles for any designer

Lets talk about three object styles that should be in every designer's toolbox. What we want to do is just apply our object style to all of the graphic frames.

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12h 46m Intermediate Aug 25, 2011 Updated Apr 10, 2014

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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.

New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.

Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Authors:
Anne-Marie Concepción David Blatner

090 Three great Object Styles for any designer

Lets talk about three object styles that should be in every designer's toolbox. Three object styles that will take you through even the simplest to the most complex project that you'll probably be calling on again and again. The first object style I think is the object style that you want to apply to all of the images in your publication. Very often you want the images to share the same attribute, the same stroke, the same drop shadow, and so on. Instead of doing it one by one and possibly missing a few and then not finding them until it's press-checked, why not make it an object style.

So look through your document, find an example of a graphic that has the right kind of stroke. Right here, we're looking at a page in this catalog. This image has no stroke. This one has two points, kind of hard to tell because it's a dark background. Let's see if I chose this one and said, one point. That's pretty good. When you find one, select it, and then in the Object Styles panel hold down the Option or Alt key, and click on Create New Style, which will bring up the dialog box that will let you name it as well as tweak it.

So we're going to call this basic image. To me, one fault of object style dialogue box is that it automatically assumes that every attribute in that selected object should be part of this object style. And instead all we care about is the stroke. We don't care about the fill, or the corner options or the text frame. Based on options or text wrap. If we apply this object style called basic image to an object that has a text wrap, all we want to do is make it have a one point stroke. We don't want to remove the text wrap.

So you want to be able to ignore all the other attributes. All you want to do is apply this attribute. Which will, I guess to make it really clear, we'll call it basic one point stroke image. So turn off every other attribute that you don't want to be part of this object style. Just keep stroke on. We want stroke to be one point. Click OK, and now we can apply it to this guy, and apply it to that guy. In fact, one of the fastest way to apply an object style is to go to the Find Change, go to object, and here, in the entire document, we want to affect graphic frames.

Now these are actually counted as graphic frames in find change. What we want to do is just apply our object style to all of the graphic frames. So let's say find and it found that frame. And we'll say change find next change. Let's just say change all and it did it nice and fast and let's say that later we don't want the one point stroke, we can easily remove all the one point strokes from all of these images simply by coming back to object style, and changing the stroke to zero.

You don't have to do any fine changes. They will automatically fix themselves. Or more likely, you want to add other attributes, like say, a drop shadow. So we're going to turn on drop shadow, and then select it to see all of our settings here. We want it to be on, and 75% is way too high, so we'll say 30%. And let's preview that. That looks great. Let's turn on global light, that's always a good idea. Here we go. We probably should change the name of this to just basic image again but you get the idea.

Create an object style for the images in your publication and that way it makes it a lot easier to make sure they all have the same format. Second object style that every designer should know about is an object style for call-out lines. How many times have you had to do this kind of work? See this red line, let me zoom in a little bit more. I'll select it and zoom in, a smiling student. So this line right here is a one point red stroke, and if we open up the Stroke panel, you can see with a starting and an ending.

And now, let's create another crawl out line. going to point to the pencil. I'll hold down the Shift key to keep it straight. And there's a black line with no ending, no beginning, and so on. So instead of having to go on to various panels to make them all look the same, create an object style for it. As before, format one manually how you want it, select it, then open up the Object Styles panel. Option + alt click here. We'll call it call-out line. All we care about is the stroke, and we also care about the stroke and corner options, which is where the arrow sits, so we'll keep that turned on.

But everything else we don't want. Click OK. And now we can apply call-out line and this one should be column line, it's pointing the wrong way. All you have to do is go to the Object menu, go down to Paths, and say reverse that path. There you go. And the next time that you drag out a path, let's do it like this, and we'll go around his pencil and we'll point to his glasses like that. And then we'll say, that is a call line. Go to the Object menu.

Go to Paths and Reverse Path. There you go. So you have a style for all your call-outs. One last object style would be a photo credit. Let's say that these images need a credit line next to it. And, I'm going to remove the drop shadow. So I'll just edit this style here, basic one point stroke image, and turn off the drop shadow, click OK and drop shadow's gone. And let's say that this photo, I'm going to drag out a frame. Let's switch to normal mode, so I'm tapping on the W key to switch to normal mode so we can see all of our guidelines and frame edges.

This photo was a photo by Joe Schmoe. Now what I need to do is I need to rotate it 90 degrees. I need to apply the paragraph style, called photo credits. Let's go ahead an do that here. And then I'll rotate it this way. I want it to hug the right edge, but I don't want it to touch, so I'm going to go to Object > Text Frame Options and apply a top inset, of maybe, three points.

That looks good. And I don't like all this empty space here, so I'm going to drag it in a bit. So there you go, like that. Let's turn this into a object style. Go to objects selected, go to objects style, Option or Alt+click. We'll call this photo credit. This time we actually do want to make sure that it has no fill. We actually do want to make sure it has no stroke, and so on. So a lot of these we can keep turned down. We don't want photo credits to look different from each other. You can see that under text frame general options it's including our inset spacing.

One thing that'll also turn on, this is only available in CS 6, is I'll turn on auto size so that if Joseph says hey I need you to include my company name or copyright or my middle name in this photo credit, we don't have to resize it, it'll automatically resize itself. So I'm going to say auto-sizing with keep the text on the left, and then make it wide on the right. Everything else can remain as is. Unfortunately, there is no setting here that will rotate it 90 degrees. So that's our photo credit. Let's apply that style, Photo credit, and automatically resize the frame to fit exactly.

So now if I zoom in and I say Joe is now Josephine Schmoe, then it automatically formats itself as a photo credit. Next time that you are working with somebody who's really good with InDesign, ask them to open up one of their documents. Take a look at their Objects panel. I will bet that you will see a good number of object cells there because that is the sign of a true professional InDesign user. They know how to take advantage of the program's features, like object styles, and use it to make their workflow much more efficient.

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