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Establishing a nested style

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Video: Establishing a nested style

In this exercise we are going to actually create a Nested Style. We are going to be nesting a Character Style inside of a Paragraph Style, and we are going to be doing that inside of this document right here; its called Pages 194-195.indd, found inside the 05 Nested Numbered Folder. You can see that I have made a few changes in the lower left region of the document. I am going to undo most of those changes by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, a few times in a row, until I return to the point right after I added the 10, period, Tab right there, before I entered the number, because we will see how that's going to present a problem for us.

Establishing a nested style

In this exercise we are going to actually create a Nested Style. We are going to be nesting a Character Style inside of a Paragraph Style, and we are going to be doing that inside of this document right here; its called Pages 194-195.indd, found inside the 05 Nested Numbered Folder. You can see that I have made a few changes in the lower left region of the document. I am going to undo most of those changes by pressing Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, a few times in a row, until I return to the point right after I added the 10, period, Tab right there, before I entered the number, because we will see how that's going to present a problem for us.

I am now going to zoom out from the page a little bit, so I can take in both the top paragraph and the paragraph immediately following the butterfly graphic, here on the left hand page. Now before you can go about nesting a Character Style into a Paragraph Style, you need to make sure that you have created the Character Style in advance, and we have our Character Styles all ready to go. We have got Step Leader, which is the style that you assign to the leading text inside of the Step Paragraph, and we have Step Number, which we will be assigning of course to the number.

Now let's go to the Paragraph Styles palette, and you can see that we have the Step Style right there, and that's a style sheet that's assigned to the steps themselves. So that's the style sheet that we need to edit. So I'd like you to press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on a Mac to make sure you have deselected everything on a page; always a good practice to deselect your objects before you modify your style, so you don't end up applying the style as you edit it. Then go ahead and double click on the Step Style in order to bring up the Paragraph Style Options dialog box.

Now given how incredibly useful Nested Styles are, it's amazing how well InDesign has hidden the feature. It has gone ahead and combined Nested Styles with the Drop Caps function; as if they are somehow related to each other, which they most certainly are not, and as if because Drop Caps is listed first, as if Nested Styles are somehow a secondary function. And it turns out they are much more useful than Drop Caps. But the two features don't take up much room, so they are able to cohabitate inside of a panel. Even though they have nothing to do with each other, they are able to exist as a couple, as is true for so many couples.

So let's go ahead and click on Drop Caps and Nested Styles, or you could press Ctrl+0, Command+0 on the Mac to skip ahead here. You will see that the Drop Cap functions are located at the top of the dialog box, whereas the Nested Style options are located in the middle. To create a Nested Style, you go down here to this button and click on it, New Nested Style, go ahead and click on that button. Then you get a place holder for a Nested Style essentially, you are not doing anything. Notice that nothing has happened to the style here inside of the window, and I do have the Preview checkbox on, so you can tell that that's the case. And that's because we haven't assigned a style yet; it's set to None currently.

So click right there inside of that None space, and I want you to click on this down pointing arrowhead, its going to be a little up/down arrowhead on the Mac, and I wants you to choose this guy right there, Step Leader, in order to apply that style. As soon as you do, I will go ahead and click off of that item in order to invoke the change, and you can see that the word Click right there becomes bold, italic and colored, as does the 10 at the onset of the text down at the bottom. If you didn't enter a 10, then the word Fill will be bold, italic and blue in accordance with Step Leader.

Now, notice these options right here that say through 1 Words, I will show you how those options work in the very next exercise.

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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

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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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