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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.
Okay, so here we are, we've got our four little squares ready to go and they of course are going to represent our Scrabble tiles. We are ultimately going for this right here. We're going to have four big Scrabble tiles at the top of the page with big letters and small score numbers right next to them. Anyway, I am going to switch back to the document in progress which is called Four cute containers.indd that's found inside the 07 Object Styles folder. We're going to add some text to each one of these containers and then we're going to de-style that text.
So pretty quick little exercise here. Go grab the Type tool. Move your cursor, notice that the cursor is always talking to you, right, because we are inside of an Adobe Application; and Adobe Applications do a great job of communicating with you via the cursor. So right now it's showing me that I can create a new Text Block and that Text Block would be rectangular. If I move my cursor into one of the existing frames, it becomes elliptical just to show me that I am going to create some area text that's what that means, but it's going to appear inside, this area text it's going to appear inside of this square.
Alright, so go ahead and click inside of that square and enter R then hit the Enter key, the Standard Enter key on the PC keyboard, that's a Return key on the Mac, and then enter 3 is the score that I want to assign. Then I am going to click in here and enter E, capital E of course, and enter 1 on the next line. Don't worry about the fact that we have these underscores going right here. Those are paragraph rules that will eliminate in just a moment. It's because InDesign is automatically assigning the- I can't remember the name of the style. Let's check it out here. It's the Form text Style and that Form text Style includes an underscore over on the right-hand side of the text.
So we don't want that, but we will take care of that in a moment when we de-style the text. N next line 5 and then T right here in next line 2, like so. Then I'll press the Enter Key on the Keypad. That would of course be the Escape key if you did not load Deke keys. And I am going to go ahead and select all of those text blocks, what are now text blocks here using my black arrow tool and I did that by marqueeing this area at the top of the screen and then I am going to go over to the Paragraph palette in order to de-stylize my text. I am going to just click on Basic Paragraph like so and that gets rid of any of the special Paragraph Styles that had been applied, which is pretty- it's not essential, but it's a good idea moving forward here as you'll see because Object Styles can include their own Paragraph Styles.
I'll show you soon. Alright, so I am going to go ahead and hide that Paragraph Styles palette. Click Off for the text. All of the text has that Pepto-Bismol pink, in my case I think that you'll find that to be true if you are using Windows as well, because it can't find the font that it's trying to apply which is Times which is available on the Mac. On a PC they have this thing called Times New Roman. So anyway you may or may not see the pink that doesn't matter. We are now ready to style the tiles with some Object Level Formatting Attributes such as Fill and Stroke and we will be doing just that in the next exercise.
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