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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.
Alright. So at this point you might think, Gosh it's great that the Eyedropper tool, that InDesign's Eyedropper tool, it not only allows you to replicate formatting attributes, duplicate them from one text block, let's say to another, but it also stays loaded. So as soon as you load that Eyedropper it stays loaded, so that you can use it to format still more text just by dragging over it. But that's kind of a pain in the neck too because what if you now want to turn around and use the Eyedropper tool for the purpose you thought that it was intended, that is to lift new formatting attributes.
Well then, you would go ahead and press and hold the Alt key here on the PC or the Option key on the Mac. While that key is down, notice that the direction and the fullness of the Eyedropper changed. This is how the Eyedropper cursor looks when it's loaded. It's leaning to left and it has got something black in it. And then this is how it looks if I press the Alt or Option key, it leans over to right and it's no longer loaded. Then I can lift some other formatting attributes like so. I'll go ahead and click on this plain black text right there, then I'll release Alt or Option, changes back to the loaded cursor, and I will triple click on this line of type, in order to return it to its original appearance. I'll drag across this type here, maybe I'll triple click on that line.
Drag over this text right there, in order to switch it back to its original appearance. So you can see that it works both ways. You can not only load the Eyedropper cursor, and use it repeatedly, but you can also Alt-click or Option-click on some other type in order to load its attributes on the fly.
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