InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets
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Creating an all-inclusive table style


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Video: Creating an all-inclusive table style

For those of you who've had enough of Cell Styles, I have very good news for you, we're done for now. In this exercise we're going to create a Table Style that's going to bind all of the Cell Styles together. Like rings in a strange adventure world filled with Hobbits. [Laughs.] We're going to bind them, that's what we're going to do. And we're going to do that inside of this big Sauron of a document here, it's called Cell Styles P&AF.indd. See I am just taking it for granted that you are a big nerd.
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  1. 45m 34s
    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
      2m 12s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 18s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 17s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 45s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 18s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 29m 56s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
      40s
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 56s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 55s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 29s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 15s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 30s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 39s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 29s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 12s
  3. 20m 41s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
      38s
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 23s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 5s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 9s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 15s
    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 23s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 50s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 23s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      3m 59s
    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 15s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 23s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 9s
    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 4s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 28s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 36s
  6. 53m 12s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 0s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 36s
    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 48s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 20s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 24s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 25s
    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 23s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 2s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 42s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 27s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 8s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 18s
    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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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

Creating an all-inclusive table style

For those of you who've had enough of Cell Styles, I have very good news for you, we're done for now. In this exercise we're going to create a Table Style that's going to bind all of the Cell Styles together. Like rings in a strange adventure world filled with Hobbits. [Laughs.] We're going to bind them, that's what we're going to do. And we're going to do that inside of this big Sauron of a document here, it's called Cell Styles P&AF.indd. See I am just taking it for granted that you are a big nerd.

I think I can, but some of you are going to be going, what the he...? Anyway, Cell Styles P&AF stands for Present and Accounted For.indd found inside the 06 tables styles folder and notice that we have got all of our Cell Styles, all four of them. So there is Table Head that goes at the top here. And then we have Songs and Artists, which is the body and then first column and last column, which I think speak for themselves. Now we're going to go ahead and join them into a Table Style, so I want you to switch to the Table Styles palette, either by clicking on its tab or by going up to the Window menu, choosing Type and Tables and then choosing Table Styles, like so.

And having done that I want you to go ahead and Alt+Click or Option+Click on the little page icon, to bring up the New Table Style dialog box. And incidentally, I should have mentioned, I do not have anything on a page selected right now. I didn't bother to select anything inside the table, so you can just go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+A Command+Shift+A on a Mac to deselect everything. Then let's go ahead and call this thing Disc contents, because that's what it represents. Based On should be set to No Table Style, because, well, there is no Table Style that we can set it to. So might as well leave that alone.

Shortcut, you can set if you like. That's totally up to you. Here is where the real action is. Friends, we have got Cell Styles down here and you may recall that Cell Styles can have Paragraph Styles nested inside of them. In fact, you should assign Paragraph Styles to Cell Styles. You can't assign Paragraph Styles directly to table styles, instead you go with a middleman there, you assign the Cell Styles to the Table Styles. So really Table Styles are just holders, just containers for lots of Cell Styles. We have the Header Rows. I want you to go ahead and set Header Rows to Table head, like so, and by the way we have got Preview checkbox turned on. That's not going to do you a lick of good, because we haven't assigned a style to anything, so we don't have anything to preview.

So you are not going to see any changes on the current screen, but just follow along here. Header Rows are set to Table head. Footer Rows- we don't have footers in this table, so don't worry about that. Body Rows. You're going to need body rows, we'll go ahead and set that to Songs & artists. And then for Left Column, that will be First column and Right Column will be of course Last column, same diff, right? And that pretty much takes care of everything with one exception. I want you to go over to Table Setup right there, so you can press Ctrl+2, Command+2 on a Mac if you want to. And I just want you to eradicate any hint of a table border.

Table borders are eliminated automatically. They are superseded by the cell borders, but why have those two competing with each other, why have that friction, I ask you? Let's have everybody get along by changing Weight to (0) zero point, so that there is no table border going on competing with anything else inside of the table. And then go ahead and click OK in order to accept your new Disc contents Table Style. Now as I said, we haven't got any way to preview what we have done unless we go ahead and eradicate the Cell Styles that we have already applied to this table.

So here is what I am going to do. I am going to grab my Type tool, click inside the table at some place and press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Option+A on the Mac in order to select the entire thing. And then I want you to go over to Cell Styles, because see, we have already formatted the entire table using the independent Cell Styles. So let's go ahead and get rid of that. I want you to click on None. Just click on None, it's going to destroy everything. It's going to be the end of your table. It's like setting all the text to be invisible or you know a 100 points tall so it all falls off the cells or something, something horrible is going on there, I am not sure what.

But we're devastating the table at this point. But we're going to make it all better, when we go to Table Styles and click on Disc contents and notice that completely formats the entire table in one click. Now if you see this little phenomenon here where there is a plus sign after discontents, I want you to go ahead and Alt+click or Option+Click on discontents, to make sure that you are clearing any and all overrides, any local overrides inside that table. Then just go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect the table and the deed is done. We have now created a Table Style filled, just rife with Cell Styles.

Well done. In the next exercise we are going to begin to take this second table the one that's really just a tabbed list, we're going to convert it into a table and style it in one operation. Check it out.

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