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Making a dependent cell style

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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.

Making a dependent cell style

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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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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