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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.
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In this exercise, we are going to update the typeface that's associated with all three of the styles that we created in the previous chapter that is Page No. & Title, Byline, and Description. And because Description is based on Byline and Byline, in turn, is based on Page No. & Title, any modification that we make to Page No. & Title, because this is the parent style, will affect the other two. So if I change the typeface, for example that's associated with Page No. & Title, then Byline and Description will change as well.
Now, if you've been working right along with me through and including Chapter 2, then you can just stick inside of your Table of Contents document. If you want to catch on up, then you could open this file, let's call Styled TOC.indd, it's found inside the 03_update styles folder that in turn is found inside the exercise_files folder. Alright, now there is a few reasons that I want to change the typeface. First of all, currently, I've got the type set in Myriad Pro, which is a sans-serif font; great for headlines and large text, not so great for body copy. By which I mean small text that you are going to read, lots of words inside of that text.
So I want to switch to a serifed font; Adobe Garamond Pro, which tends to be more legible. Also notice, if I double click inside this Description text right here, you can see that I've set it to Myriad Pro Condensed and then I opened up the type a little bit by changing the horizontal scale value to 130%. That's not really the best idea on earth frankly; that's going to result in some distorted letter forms. So if I change the font, I can also deal with that problem and then finally, notice that three out of five of my descriptions end in widows.
This guy right there is a widow, this word delirium is a widow and collection is a widow as well. Again, bad form where this document is concerned, so let's take care of these problems. I am going to go and switch back to the black-arrow tool and I am going to press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect me text and then I am going to update the font that's associated with all of this type by double clicking on the parent style, Page No. & Title here inside the Paragraph Styles palette. So press F11 if need be to display the palette then double click on the Style, let's go to Basic Character Formats right there which I can get to by pressing Ctrl+2 or Command+2 on the Mac as you may recall and let's change that Font Family to Adobe Garamond Pro.
Now, I could click on the down-pointing arrow ahead and scroll all the way to the top of the list which is not where Adobe Garamond Pro is located actually because it's midway in the list; it's actually alphabetized under Garamond. So I could go that route or here's a better way to work. I'll go ahead and make sure that that typeface name is active, which I could do by clicking on the words Font Family right there, and then I could just type in Gar, which is going to get me some form of Garamond most likely and then I am going to press the down-arrow key once or twice until I get to Adobe Garamond Pro.
So it's much more easy to type in the typeface name and the reason I didn't type in Adobe Garamond was that would require more typing. So if I did Gar and then down arrow a couple of times, I got Adobe Garamond Pro. You can see that that goes ahead and changes all of the type inside of the document. I am going to go ahead and click OK in order to accept that modification and I am going to zoom in on my type a little bit so that you can see there that the Page No. & Title text, the 18 and Editorial, for example, as well as 22 and Orchids en Regalia and so on that type is set beautifully.
The type size is a little small, I'll take care of that in the next exercise but otherwise, the type looks great. However, all of the other styles are set in this Pepto-Bismol pink here which tells you that something is wrong with that text. Basically, InDesign can't find the font that's associated with that text. It's all set in, let's go ahead and double click in there, it's all set in Adobe Garamond Pro which you can find but it can't find Semibold Italic that's not a style that's included on this system, might be in yours but not in this system and then if we click down here, the Condensed style is just totally missing as indicated by those brackets.
So whenever you see Pepto-Bismol pink that means that InDesign cannot find the font you need, you need to switch out the font somehow. We'll deal with that. First of all, we are going to update the type size and then we are going to deal with the other font problems beginning in the next exercise.
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