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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're going to close the loop. We're going to instruct InDesign that we always want to create our styles like so. We always want the first paragraph to be styled with Page No. & Title, just like this one is, and then Byline and then Description and then back to Page No. & Title and so on and so on. I'm working inside that document called Two styles in the can.indd. You may recall in the can- that's not in the toilet. Alright, so. And this document, by the way, found inside the 02 Graphic Styles folder.
Alright, let's go ahead and press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect the text. So that we can edit the styles without applying the styles to the text block. And I am going to go ahead and start things off by editing Page No. & Title. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on Page No. & Title there and I'm going to change Next Style to Byline like so. Now you may wonder when we were creating Page No. & Title, why didn't we change next style to Byline? Because we couldn't, because there was no Byline style at that point in time. So that's why we have to go back after we create the style and do this step. Then click OK and now go to Byline and change its Next Style option to Description.
Alright, then click OK. And Description, we don't have to do that, because we did that in the previous exercise, but you could confirm. You could double-click on Description. See yes indeed, it's set to Page No. & Title. So we now have a closed loop of styles going on, that is so awesome. That's going to serve us so well as you will learn shortly. In the next exercise, I am going to show you another quick way to apply styles inside of InDesign, the Quick Apply function. Coming right up.
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