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Adjusting the Inset values


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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

with Deke McClelland

Video: Adjusting the Inset values

In this exercise, we are going to modify the Cell Style that we created in the previous exercise. And by virtue of the fact that we have now created a link between that Cell Style and the style yext, we can now preview what in the world we are doing because we need to be able to preview, otherwise we just have no idea what we are up to. Alright, so I am working inside of this document called Lone Cell Style.indd found inside the 06 Table Styles folder, it's just a catch-up document of course. I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect everything inside this document.
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  1. 49m 7s
    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
      5m 43s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 19s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 16s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 46s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 19s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 30m 5s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
      40s
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 57s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 56s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 9s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 30s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 16s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 31s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 40s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 30s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 13s
  3. 20m 44s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
      39s
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 24s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 6s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 13s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 16s
    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 24s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 51s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 24s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      4m 0s
    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 16s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 24s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 10s
    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 5s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 29s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 37s
  6. 53m 18s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 1s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 37s
    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 49s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 21s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 25s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 26s
    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 24s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 3s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 43s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 28s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 9s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 19s
    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
5h 37m Intermediate Apr 04, 2008

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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
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Deke McClelland

Adjusting the Inset values

In this exercise, we are going to modify the Cell Style that we created in the previous exercise. And by virtue of the fact that we have now created a link between that Cell Style and the style yext, we can now preview what in the world we are doing because we need to be able to preview, otherwise we just have no idea what we are up to. Alright, so I am working inside of this document called Lone Cell Style.indd found inside the 06 Table Styles folder, it's just a catch-up document of course. I want you to press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect everything inside this document.

I am going to zoom in. You may recall that we are formatting the header right here. So I am going to zoom in on that header and you can see how Track and Name are too close to the bottom left edge of their respective cells. I am actually going to scroll over to the right a little bit, so that I can take in Original Artists right there because Original has a G which has a descender, so that we can get a sense of just how close this descender is getting to hitting the bottom of the cell. So we need to tweak the positioning of that text. We wouldn't have a clue as to how much we should position it, if we didn't have a preview.

We can only get a preview by going ahead and roughing out the Cell Style, assigning into the text and then going back and modifying the Cell Style- as we are about to do now. So let's go ahead and modify that Cell Style, bring up the Cell Styles palette, it should still be up from the previous exercise. But if you can't find it, you go Window, Type and Styles and then Cell Styles, like so. Alright and then once you get Cell Styles up, I want you to double-click on Table head in order to bring up the Cell Style Options dialog box. Make sure the Preview checkbox is turned on, this time it's actually going to do us some good.

We are actually going to be able to use it. That's nice. Because it was unusable, that was non-functioning essentially inside of the New Cell Style dialog box. Now I want you to switch to this next item right there, Text, which you can get by pressing Ctrl+2 or Command+2 on the Mac if you like. First of all, let's go ahead and change the Vertical Justification from Align Bottom to Align Center, so that we are centering the text vertically, that looks better. Now, we need to go ahead and adjust the Cell Insets. Now for you, probably most likely you're going to see this chain icon On, so that changing any one of the Cell Inset values changes all four of them. We don't want that.

I am going to go ahead and turn the chain Off, and then I encourage you to modify the values like so. Basically, I am going to take the Top value down to 0 in order to scoot the text upward. Notice how I moved upward as I reduce the Top value; that scoots it too far up, so I am going to reduce the Bottom value to 0p1. So 0 for the Top value, 0p1 for the Bottom value. That creates a nice centering right there, that works very well for the descender. Also, I am going to go over to the Left value and I am going to increase that, I am just nudging it up from the keyboard by pressing the up arrow key until I get a Left value of 0p6. That is 6 points of space right there and that nudges the text over to the right by creating more of a margin on the left-hand side.

That's it. That takes care of the modifications we want to apply to this cell. It is now absolutely perfect. Go ahead and click OK in order to accept your modifications, then if you like you can zoom out in order to take in your entire header or most of it anyway, and then go ahead and press Ctrl+Z in order to get a sense of what it looked like before, it's Command+Z on the Mac. And then for after, press Ctrl+Shift+Z or Comman+Shift+Z on the Mac. So it makes a huge difference. Good job. You edited those inset values inside of the Cell Style Options dialog box.

In the next exercise, we are going to create a Cell Style, create and modify a Cell Style to accommodate all of the text inside of the table. Stay tuned!

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