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Inline and above line graphics

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In the remaining exercises, we are going to see one of the best uses for Object Styles and that's the automation of Anchored Objects inside of InDesign and just in case you don't know what an Anchored Object is check it out, I am about to show you. We are looking at a document called Glossary.indd that's found inside of the 07 Objects Styles folder and it is a type glossary. A glossary of type terminology put together by a type expert that I know named Jim Felici and notice the way that this is formatted. It's formatted in a very bad way, this document is, I have got this big green S which is dividing the Rs from the Ss inside of my glossary that's just fine, but notice that that S is setup as an independent graphic, which is nuts, because if I make any sort of change to my text that independent graphic is not going to float along with the text.

Inline and above line graphics

In the remaining exercises, we are going to see one of the best uses for Object Styles and that's the automation of Anchored Objects inside of InDesign and just in case you don't know what an Anchored Object is check it out, I am about to show you. We are looking at a document called Glossary.indd that's found inside of the 07 Objects Styles folder and it is a type glossary. A glossary of type terminology put together by a type expert that I know named Jim Felici and notice the way that this is formatted. It's formatted in a very bad way, this document is, I have got this big green S which is dividing the Rs from the Ss inside of my glossary that's just fine, but notice that that S is setup as an independent graphic, which is nuts, because if I make any sort of change to my text that independent graphic is not going to float along with the text.

Also, I have a lot of paragraph returns in a row, which is just bad form have to tell you. Anyway, I will then do the movement of that S so I can show you what I am talking about. If I make some change to my text, like I will go ahead and double-click inside of my text to switch to the Type tool there and then I will triple-click and drag across a few lines of text in order to select them up there in the Rs and I will press the Backspace key or Delete key on the Mac. Look, the S just sits there, doesn't move with the text. So this is like a document that I just can't edit with any degree of flexibility, very bad.

So I am going to go ahead and undo that modification, and what we are going to do is we are going to set the S up as a special kind of Anchored Object known as an inline graphic. So I am going to switch to my black arrow tool here, and I am going to click on the S to select it, and then I am going to press Ctrl+X or Command+X on the Mac to cut it to the clipboard. Now, let's zoom in a little bit and switch to the Type tool and I will click right there before the S and the word Sans and I will press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac in order to paste that S. That is an inline graphic folks, meaning that it's inline with the other text inside of this paragraph.

Now, I have Hidden Characters turned on, if you can't see the Hidden Characters go up to the Type menu and choose Show Hidden Characters, but they are already shown for me of course, and notice that I can see those paragraph breaks AKA carriage returns right there. But I can't see any other special symbol indicating the inline graphic. When you are working with an online graphic that specific style of Anchored Object, you just see the graphics in there, you don't see some special doohickey in addition to the graphic, and you will see how that's going to change in just a moment. Alright, I want you to get the black arrow tool and I want you to click on that S once again.

Let's go ahead and edit its style of Anchored Object. I am going to go up to the Object menu, I am going to choose Anchored Object, and I am going to choose Options. That's going to bring up the Anchored Object Options dialog box. Notice, it's currently telling me it's an Inline graphic or an Above Line graphic one of those. Currently it's set to Inline. I am going to change it to Above Line, make sure the Preview checkbox is on, so you can see the change happening on screen, and notice that it pops up above the point at which it's anchored, and that little yen symbol indicates the anchor point, the point to which the graphic is anchored inside the text.

Now, I also want to add a little bit of space after this S currently the text following the S is tight to the S. So I want to increase the space after it and I am just going to press the up arrow key to increase it one point at a time until I get to 0p3. So three points of space looks pretty good to me, leave the alignment set to left or if you prefer you could change it to Text Alignment. So it matches the alignment of the text around it, which is probably a good idea. Space Before, we don't need to adjust, we have too much space before right now, and then go ahead and click on OK in order to accept that modification.

Now, we don't want those darn extra paragraph returns they are making mess of everything. And by the way this orange line right there used to mark the location of the top of the text Sans Serif, I will go ahead and show you what I mean. I will press Ctrl+Z once is all I need to Command+Z on the Mac and you can see that the orange line, the orange guideline mark the top of the Sans Serif text, which aligns with that H right there, because the H goes along the Sans Serif. It's an illustration of Sans Serif, illustration of the concept don't you know? So when I press Ctrl+Shift+C or Command+Shift+C on the Mac in order to redo the change, everything gets messed up.

Alright, let's go ahead and grab the Text tool once again by pressing the T key, I will click right there in front of that 3rd in a row carriage return and then I will press Backspace twice or Delete twice on the Mac in order to delete those first two instances and we get this effect right here. I will go ahead and press the Enter key in the keypad that would he Escape key if did not load Deke keys. Notice, things stills aren't totally in alignment, but the S now moves that's the good news, the S will move with the text.

So if I go ahead and select that text again here and Delete it, the S moves along with very, very important in order to assemble a flexible document inside InDesign. Alright, I am going to undo that modification because I want to keep that text. In the next exercise I am going to show you another variety of Anchored Object that will allow this H to match up with its text so the things are lined up exactly as they should be.

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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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