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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

Character styles protect overrides


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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

with Deke McClelland

Video: Character styles protect overrides

Alright, we are still working inside that same Page 191.indd file that's found inside the 04 Charstyles folder, and I am going to go ahead and zoom-in on this first step a little bit here, so that we can check out the Character Styles that I have applied. I am going to go ahead and double-click inside of the text at some point here. Actually, let's go ahead and click inside the word the and I will bring up the Paragraph Styles palette once again, so we can see it's styled in the Step style. That makes sense, and that Step style by the way includes Adobe Caslon Pro.
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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

Character styles protect overrides

Alright, we are still working inside that same Page 191.indd file that's found inside the 04 Charstyles folder, and I am going to go ahead and zoom-in on this first step a little bit here, so that we can check out the Character Styles that I have applied. I am going to go ahead and double-click inside of the text at some point here. Actually, let's go ahead and click inside the word the and I will bring up the Paragraph Styles palette once again, so we can see it's styled in the Step style. That makes sense, and that Step style by the way includes Adobe Caslon Pro.

The Regular type style, a size of 10.5, leading of 14 and so on and so on. Now, I am going to cursor forward. So I am going to press the right arrow key a few times and notice as soon as I move into the word Lesson, my type style changes to Italic, so it changes from Regular right there to Italic like so and yet Step doesn't have a + sign after it. Even though this is an Override, right? This step style doesn't include Italic, it includes Regular text. So, why in the world don't I have a + there? The reason is because I have gone ahead and applied a Character Style to this text, let's go ahead and check it out.

I am going to switch to the Character Styles palette which is right next door here. You can also press Shift+F11 if you like and notice that this text right there is styled in the Emphasis italic style. So, if I cursor over to the left a little bit, press the left arrow key that is to say a few times to get back to the, you can see that it doesn't have any Character Style associated with it. But, when I want to do a local override, I use a Character Style and that's a very important thing. You really want to be obsessive about applying character styles to all of the special text inside of your document, all the exceptions to your Paragraph Style rules.

The reason is because then you can go back later. Not only can you apply these Character Styles very easily, but you can go back later and modify the Character Styles and thereby modify all text that's linked to those Character Styles in one very quick step, as you will see me do later in this same exercise. So, anyway there is the Emphasis italic style right there. If I click in this bold text, it's styled with Emphasis bold and I actually use, notice this just for what is where, so you get a sense of what I am doing here. Inside of my One-on-One titles, I go ahead and use Italics to indicate literal folder names and file names and so on.

Also for Emphasis or if I am trying to call out a vocabulary word that I want you to remember, whereas this bold style right here, Emphasis bold is used to call out literal items on the screen, so for example, if there is a special layer, I want you to click on in this case or if I want you to go to the Layers palette or if I want you to choose a command or if there is a dialog box, all of those items would be called out in bold. You may also notice that the figure references are called out in color. So, if I click inside of Figure 6.18, I have got that set to Xref and one of the beautiful things about this Xref style, notice this I am going to go ahead and double-click on this Xref style to bring it up and I am going to switch down here, so that we can see inside the style settings, it's telling me what the special attributes that are assigned to the style are.

For one thing, the color is set to PANTONE 203, so that's a special shade of blue and then right there this side I have no break. That's actually an attribute you can apply from the basic character format area of this dialog box and it's a checkbox right there, no break and that ensures that the text will not break. So, Figure never breaks apart from 6.18 for example, at the end of a paragraph. So, in this case you can see Figure 6.18, all that drops down to the next line. I really did that more than anything else to keep six dividing from eighteen which would look terrible, right? Also it would interfere with legibility and so on and so on.

So, this is a very good little guy to keep in mind when you are trying to apply Character Styles. It's very useful with Character Styles instantly. Alright, moving right along, I have got another guy right here. If I click inside of it you can see that this is Xref tip. So, my tips are already set in color, so because I need the Xrefs to be in a different color that is the figure references, I go ahead and assign these figure references, this Xref tip style right here which is black instead of in color and then finally, let's go ahead and zoom-out a little bit for a moment here. I will double-click inside of this number right here at the beginning of the step and you can see that I have assigned it a Character Style of Step number.

There is one special kind of text, if I scroll to the top of the page here, you can see this introduction, this little step introduction right there, 'Paint the tips of the wings in brown' and if I click inside of there, there is no Character Style assigned. If I go over to Paragraph Styles, Oops, I have got Step+ indicating that I do indeed have an override. Now, the reason that this is interesting is, if I Alt+Click or Option+Click on the word Step, that's going to take care of that override, but it leaves all of my text that has been styled in the Character Style, it leaves that alone.

It's a brilliant thing I have to tell you, that's another reason, we want to go ahead and assign- I am going to undo that modification. We want to go ahead and assign this text right here, some form of Character Style to protect it, if nothing else, but also because we want to replicate it. We will be creating this very Character Style in the next exercise.

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