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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets
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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

with Deke McClelland

Video: Eyedropper FYIs

Let's end our discussion of the Eyedropper tool with a couple of FYIs. First of all, you have to be very careful how an object is selected when you use the Eyedropper tool. For example, let's say I grab my black arrow tool right here, which is a tool that InDesign calls the Selection tool. I call it the black arrow tool because after all it is a black arrow. So let's say, I go ahead and grab the black arrow tool and I click on my text frame in order to select that frame. That's going to tell the Eyedropper tool to format that entire frame. Let me show you. I'll go ahead and grab the Eyedropper tool at this point, which I could do now by pressing the I key because after all no text is selected, and then I'll click inside of this red text right here and notice that I now format that entire text frame with red and that's because the frame was selected.
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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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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets
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

Eyedropper FYIs

Let's end our discussion of the Eyedropper tool with a couple of FYIs. First of all, you have to be very careful how an object is selected when you use the Eyedropper tool. For example, let's say I grab my black arrow tool right here, which is a tool that InDesign calls the Selection tool. I call it the black arrow tool because after all it is a black arrow. So let's say, I go ahead and grab the black arrow tool and I click on my text frame in order to select that frame. That's going to tell the Eyedropper tool to format that entire frame. Let me show you. I'll go ahead and grab the Eyedropper tool at this point, which I could do now by pressing the I key because after all no text is selected, and then I'll click inside of this red text right here and notice that I now format that entire text frame with red and that's because the frame was selected.

If I didn't want to do that, which of course I don't, then I go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, Command+Z on the Mac and then I would press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac, which allows you to deselect everything on a page and then with my cursor still loaded here, I would go ahead and let's say double click and drag across some text in order to format just that text. Alright, now the Eyedropper tool, the second FYI that I want to pass along is that the Eyedropper tool works best, works most reliably when you use it when you lift formatting attributes from native objects, that is text and graphics that were created inside of InDesign.

When you try to lift attributes from a graphic that's been placed into InDesign, you get weird results, you get a different result anyway. For example, notice this cartoon right here. This cartoon frog which happens to be a dead frog, by the way; I created this illustration inside of Adobe Illustrator as a vector graphic and then placed it into InDesign and we are seeing a high-resolution version of the illustration incidentally because I have my View settings. If I go up to the View menu and choose Display Performance, you can see I have got my View settings set to High Quality Display.

Just note that for a second. Now you might want to set yours to High Quality Display as well because you are going to get the best results on screen. I'll go ahead and escape out of that menu. Alright, so now let's say I Alt-click or Option-click on the frog's flesh in order to lift that shade of green. Notice that I get this error message; it tells me that the image is a vector graphic. Fine, fair enough. The Eyedropper values are going to be based on a low resolution RGB proxy. Well that's terrible news for two reasons. First of all this illustration is a CMYK graphic; it doesn't have any RGB values so any RGB values, by definition, are going to be wrong to some extent or another.

They are going to be rough approximations anyway. They are based on a low resolution proxy; let me show you what that low resolution proxy is. Now, I wouldn't say do not turn on the Don't Show Again check box because this is a very important warning something that you may forget in the future. So I would just say okay, good to know and let's go ahead and check out what that low resolution proxy looks like because after all look, I just lifted gray. You may have lifted a shade of green but I lifted gray, which is totally wrong of course. But if I go up to the View menu and I choose Display Performance and I choose Typical Display, this is what I just lifted.

I lifted a color from this garbage-y view of the illustration right there and you can see that there is a bunch of gray pixels and a bunch of green pixels and all kind of dithering going on; that's what this is called when you have this random jumbling of pixels that are designed to sort of simulate a color when viewed from afar. In my case, I wouldn't have lifted one of those grays. If I clicked inside, let's say, I Alt+click or Option+click inside of one of the green areas, I'll get that same warning again. Good, click OK, but this time at least I get a completely aberrant shade of green. Notice that.

I'll go ahead and zoom out here and now I am going to switch back to my high resolution display by going up to the View menu and choosing Display Performance and choosing High Quality Display. Notice that if you have loaded the Deke keys, you have got some really, I think, sensible keyboard shortcuts of F2 and F3 to switch back and forth there. Alright, I am going to go ahead and switch back to the High Quality Display but it doesn't make any difference where my color is concerned. If I now go ahead and double-click and drag over some words, you can see that I get this completely erroneous shade of green so that's just something to bear in mind.

Again, if I were to grab my black arrow tool and this is sort of the culmination of my two FYIs together. If I grab my black arrow tool, click down a text frame then grab my Eyedropper tool and then, let's say, I click inside of this blue flower. Let's say I do the blue flower and notice I'll get that same notice telling me that I am going to get an aberrant weird shade of blue that doesn't have very much to do with this flower at all and I also of course have effected the entire text frame. And I'll go ahead and click OK. So just some things to know, if indeed you decide to work with this tricked out Eyedropper tool.

In the next exercise, I'll go ahead and undo that modification. I am going to show you a better way to duplicate formatting attributes using style sheets- our first glimpse of style sheets coming up.

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