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Creating an object style


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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

with Deke McClelland

Video: Creating an object style

In this exercise, we are going to assign a Drop Shadow to this tile in progress here and then we are going to save off all the attributes that we have created thus far. We are going to save them off as an Object Style. So I am working on this R3 tile and I am still inside the Tiles with text.indd file that I have opened in the previous exercise. So I've done a little work to this file obviously. Now, I am going to go up to the Object Menu and I am going to choose Effects and I am going to choose Drop Shadow and you also have a keyboard shortcut for that which is Ctrl+Alt+M, Command+Option+M on the Mac.
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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 object style

In this exercise, we are going to assign a Drop Shadow to this tile in progress here and then we are going to save off all the attributes that we have created thus far. We are going to save them off as an Object Style. So I am working on this R3 tile and I am still inside the Tiles with text.indd file that I have opened in the previous exercise. So I've done a little work to this file obviously. Now, I am going to go up to the Object Menu and I am going to choose Effects and I am going to choose Drop Shadow and you also have a keyboard shortcut for that which is Ctrl+Alt+M, Command+Option+M on the Mac.

The letter M never appears in the word Drop Shadow that's just a way it is. So go ahead and choose that command and brings up the Drop Shadow panel of this big Effects dialog box. So there is all kinds of effects that you can apply and I am going to leave the Mode set to Multiply. I am going to raise the Opacity value to a 100% and let's turn on the Preview Checkbox. So I can see what in a world I am doing and it looks okay. It doesn't really look the way I want it to look. Let's go ahead and give it some color by clicking on Black. Let's give it some little more interesting color the Shadow brown right here will do me and by the way you can either select from Swatches or you can dial in a color, if you like.

If you had a very specific shade you wanted it to dial in, you could do that, but I am going to stick with the Swatches I've created in advance. I want Shadow brown right there, then click OK and you can see how that looks a little better, drops off more nicely. We don't have that sharp edge around the Black. Next I am going to change the X and Y Offset Values and the values I am going to use are 3 point, which is 0p3 and 2 point and then let's take the size value down. I am going to take the size down to 0p2, which not only reduces the size of the Drop Shadow, but also reduces the blurriness of that shadow and that's it.

Now, I am going to click OK in order to accept that effect. We have now styled this tile. Well, let's go and save this off as an Object Style. I want you to go up to the Window menu and choose the Object Styles Command or you could press Ctrl+F7, Command+F7 on the Mac and that brings up Object Styles. I could also click on this little icon right there and then I wants you to Alt+Click or Option+Click on that little Page Icon and I am going to call this guy Tile style, which I think going to make sense. Not only clever, but sensible as well and then click inside the shortcut area and press Shift+Alt+1 on the keypad that Shift+Option on the Mac 1 on the keypad or go your own way if you want to, but that's a keyboard shortcut I am going to assign.

Otherwise just leave these guys the way they are. You can turn these checkboxes on and off if you want to control exactly which attribute you are saving and which one you are not saving. For this particular effect, it's okay to have just everything turned on or basically set the way they are by default here. If you want to checkout what you have applied then you can twirl one of these guys open by clicking on one of the triangle. So I am twirling open Stroke and then I see there is a stroke inside of there, fine and then twirl it open as well. If you wanted to twirl those both open at the same time in one operation, check this out.

You would Alt+Click or Option+Click on that little triangle and that will twirl the whole thing open, so that you can reveal all of the attributes. It's just for the sake of confirmation. You do want to turn on apply style to selection. So you do have the option of applying the style as you create it, just as you do for Paragraph and Character Styles and as you don't, as you cannot do for Cell and Table Styles, and then go ahead and click on OK in order to create the style. So we have now styled the tile and then we around and saved the Formatting Attributes out as an Object Style.

In the next exercise, we will take care of the text. Notice that the text looks pretty bad- we will fix it.

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