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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.
If you are joining us, I am working inside of a catch-up document called Anchored Object Style.indd found inside the 07 Object Styles folder. In this exercise, we are going to take this Scotch rule, that's what it's called, that thing right there, and attach it to this text, which of course is the glossary entry for Scotch rule. Alright, so here is what I want you to do. I want you to go ahead and select this Scotch rule thing with your black arrow tool and then press Ctrl+X or Command+X on the Mac to cut it to the clipboard. Then with nothing selected by the way, we are going to setup a default Anchored Object Style.
Go up to the Object menu, make sure nothing is selected. If necessary, press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac, then go to the Object menu, choose Anchored Object and you should see this command right there, Insert (Defaults). This will be with the default insert options that we are going to be applying. So go ahead and choose that command, and then it's going to ask you some stuff. For example, what is the Object Style? Well go ahead and change the Object Style to Margin objects and that's going to fill out this entire area right here. The only thing it doesn't fill out is Height and Width, which you have to specify manually.
So I would go ahead and just change the Width value to 6p6 like that. Otherwise leave it alone, and then go ahead and click OK. Notice you didn't do anything, you just specified the insertion defaults for an Anchored Object. Alright, now go ahead and grab your Type tool, click in front of the S in Scotch rule, then go up to the Object menu, choose the Anchored Object command, choose Insert, everything will be as you just saw just a moment ago. So all you got to do, don't even look, close your eyes, or just kind of squint down here at the OK button, because you got to be able to see that, and click on OK. In other words, all you got to do is click on the OK button.
Now notice despite our very, very specific instructions to InDesign, I am going to press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac. For a second, I will switch to the Preview mode too by pressing the W key- that is a stroked frame right there. I specifically ask not to see stroked frames, InDesign. Remember, when we saved margin objects, we saved the fact that there was no stroke? And yet it ignored us. Check this out. I am going to switch to the black arrow tool by pressing the V key and I am going to click on that object to select it.
It does have a stroke by the way, a nice, big, thick black stroke it's a full 1pt stroke, darn it, and then you go over here, Margin objects+. Oh, I see so you just decide to add your own override, InDesign. Thank you very much for that, darn you. So what you've got to do is you've got to Alt+Click or Option+Click on that little guy in order to clear the Overrides. So now we are in business and then you press Ctrl+Alt+V or Command+Option+V on the Mac in order to paste that sucker in. Here's another way to work. I will go ahead and back step a couple of operations there.
So I press Ctrl+Z several times in row or Command+Z on the Mac. Then I will press the W key to bring back all my onscreen falderal. I will have to switch off the Preview mode. I will grab the Type tool- oh actually before I do this, here is what I want you to change. Before you click on anything , so press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to make sure nothing is selected. Then notice that you do have a black stroke for some reason going so I would make sure the stroke is active and then press the Slash key in order to make it transparent like so.
Now go ahead and click in front of the S in Scotch rule, then go up to the Object menu, then choose Anchored Object then choose Insert then ignore everything. Close your eyes and click on the OK button and then you have got a nice frame that doesn't have a stroke. God bless America. That's awesome. Then press Ctrl+Alt+V or Command+Option+V on the Mac to paste that sucker in. Isn't that nice? Yes, OK. More things that can go wrong. That's what's coming up in the next exercise, a little more troubleshooting coming at you soon.
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