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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.
In this exercise we're going to create the Cell Style that will then turn around and apply to the highlighted songs, the best songs on this 2-CD collection. And so the first thing I want you to do is, select nothing, we're going to be approaching this Cell Style little differently. We're not going to be selecting some text that represents the cell in advance or anything along those lines. We're going to be selecting nothing. So press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac. Then I want you to switch to the Cells Styles palette, in any way, shape or form that you think best. I am going to go ahead and click on this little mostly unidentifiable icon down here, but I can't see that's in the middle of this table group and that's where Cell Styles start by default, is in the middle of this cluster anyway.
Then make sure that the Songs & Artists Cell Style is active, so just click on it to make sure it's active. Then ALT+Click or Option+Click on this little page icon, in order to bring up the new Cell Style dialog box and notice that it's based on Songs & Artists because Songs & Artists was active, that Cell Style was active, when I Alt-clicked or Option-clicked on the little page icon, this new style will be based upon it, which is really important, because this highlight Cell Style that we are about to create, is going to be appearing inside the Songs & Artists cells.
So it needs to go ahead and convey that information as well. So let's go ahead and change this Paragraph Style to highlight color, because highlight color as you may recall from the previous exercise, conveys the highlight Red Swatch and the preview isn't going to work for us, because we haven't applied the style to anything, so having the preview checkbox on, serves no purpose whatsoever of course, and I say of course, because it hasn't served us any purpose so far, when creating cell in Table Styles. I should go ahead and change the name of this style, so I'll call it, best songs and then I am going to go down here to Strokes & Fills.
Make sure that you are seeing a solid blue outline around the entire rectangle there, because we're going to change everything, all four strokes around each of the style cells. I am going to change the weight to one, one point right there and I am going change the color to Radio One Red, remember that swatch that we saw in the previous exercise, go ahead and select that. Now I was telling you, again, in the previous exercise, that I want the background to each cell to be a kind of translucent white, so, kind of a milky white that we can see through a little bit, but you can't convey translucency inside of a Cell Style.
So it could set the color to white, if I wanted to, which would be paper, of course, and you can change the tint, but that's not the same as the Opacity. We won't be able to see through it, it will be an opaque color. So leave it set to nothing. Just don't change it, don't change it to anything at all. One more thing I want you to do, I want you to go back to general, here's the thing, if we're going to be spot applying the style, meaning that we're just going to select a cell here and apply the style on another cell there, and apply the style and so on, over and over again we're going to be applying the style, then we need a shortcut. I think a short cut is the best way to handle it.
I'll show you another way to work for those of you who don't have keypads on your keyboards if you are working on Mac Book Pro or something along those lines. But go ahead and press, for now, for those of you who do have keypads. Let's use Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on the Mac. You can try on your own keyboard shortcut if you want to, but I just want something very simple, and I am going to go ahead and click OK, in order to create this new style and there it is, Best Songs has a keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+1. In the next exercise, we're going to apply the style to the best songs, what I consider to be the best songs.
And then we're going to see how to create the translucent fills in the background. Join me.
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