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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

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Now, let's say you want to load just a few specific settings, with the Eyedropper tool, load some settings, not others. For example inside of this document, let's say that I want to style this text right here, David Soul. And if you are of a certain age, you may recall he is famous from TV's, Starsky and Hutch; not the movie of course. He played the Owen Wilson part and he also sang, 'Don't Give Up on Us Baby' and did a few other things, a huge star back in the days. So huge that let's say that we want to format his name to match this red headline, or sort of red first text at the top of the text block.
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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

Lifting some attributes (and not others)

Now, let's say you want to load just a few specific settings, with the Eyedropper tool, load some settings, not others. For example inside of this document, let's say that I want to style this text right here, David Soul. And if you are of a certain age, you may recall he is famous from TV's, Starsky and Hutch; not the movie of course. He played the Owen Wilson part and he also sang, 'Don't Give Up on Us Baby' and did a few other things, a huge star back in the days. So huge that let's say that we want to format his name to match this red headline, or sort of red first text at the top of the text block.

So I am going to go ahead. I still have my Eyedropper tool selected here as you can see. I am going to go ahead and Alt-click or Option-click on that text in order lift its attributes and by the way you don't have to Alt click or Option-click exactly on a letter, or the baseline or something along those lines. You can Alt or Option-click just kind of vaguely in the area of that text, and InDesign is smart enough to know, oh that's the text you're looking for, that you want to go ahead and load sort of this big red stuff right here. I'm not sure if I really want to make David Soul's name that big, but let's just give it a shot. Let's see how it works.

Well, it turns out, I don't have to double click and drag over David Soul, all I have to do at this point is click and I am going to just completely damage that paragraph. The reason being this first paragraph here has a Paragraph Style associated with it. We will see what a Paragraph Style is later on in this series, but for now just know that it affects an entire paragraph at a time, so when I lifted that Paragraph Style and then I assigned it to the paragraph below, I styled that entire paragraph as well and of course absolutely ruined its legibility. So we can't tell what's going on anymore.

Let's go ahead and press Control+Z, Command+Z on the Mac, to undo that modification. How do we tell the Eyedropper to lift some attributes and not others? Well, I'll go ahead and double click on the Eyedropper tool here inside the toolbox. Brings up this dialog box and you can see that there are five groups of attributes of the Eyedropper tool can pay attention to. That is Stroke Settings, and the Stroke being the outline of an object. Fill Settings, that's the interior of the object. Character Settings, our character level formatting attributes like typeface, and type style, leading and type size and all that jazz.

Then Paragraph Settings are things like alignment, paragraph spacing, and then we have Object Settings, and Object Settings include transparency settings and special effects. Now, in our case we are not really concerned about Stroke, Fill or Object Settings because this text right here doesn't have any stroke or fill or object settings, but it does have character level formatting attributes and paragraph level formatting attributes. We don't want the paragraph stuff at all, so let's just go ahead and turn that off. We are not trying to lift anything that has to do with the Paragraph Settings at this point. Where Character Settings are concerned, let's go and twirl that open by clicking on the little twirly triangle right there.

And if I go ahead and scroll down the list, unless you can see that there's just tons and tons of character level formatting attributes to choose from and most of them I want to turn off, like Baseline Shift I don't care about it, so I turn it off. Well really, if mostly you want the options off, the better thing to do rather just than just sort of hunt and peck for the once you want to turn off, is just go ahead and turn them all off like so. Notice that I now have this little blue square there that's telling me some things are off and some things are on. Go ahead and click on it once to turn all of them back on, and then click again to turn them all off.

Now, I say OK, I definitely want Color and Tint because I want the text to be red and I know I don't want Size. Maybe I do want Font. I am not sure of there are different fonts or not. Maybe Character Style. This kind of looks bold and this stuff looks regular, so maybe I want that and that's about it. I don't think that I wanted any other stuff, so I will just go ahead and click OK at this point. Now I will once again lift my formatting attributes, so notice my Eyedropper is now empty because InDesign has said, "OK, you just changed everything buddy, you now need to re-lift the attributes." So I have gone ahead and emptied the Eyedroppers is what InDesign is saying.

So go ahead and click on the text once again, and this time I will double click and hold over David Soul, and I have gone ahead and formatted the text red. Now, apparently the typeface and the Character Style are the same for this text and this text down here, so that didn't change, but the color of the text did and that's exactly what we wanted. So if you want to control exactly which attribute you lift and which ones you ignore, double click on the Eyedropper tool in the toolbox in order to load the Eyedropper option settings right here.

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