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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.
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Now as you may recall from the live action introduction to this chapter or as you may just know, style sheets are all about replicating formatting attributes and those can be text based formatting attributes, things like typeface and alignment and that kind of stuff, where it might be fill and stroke attributes that you can apply to an object or to a text frame even or it might be table formatting attributes; just scads of things you can do. Just an amazing amount of automation that you can apply using style sheets. But before we get into the nitty-gritty, I want to paint a few broad strokes here.
I want to show you how you can replicate formatting attributes using this very simple tool right here, the Eyedropper tool. Now you may not even know that the Eyedropper tool exists inside of InDesign. It's a tool that we take for granted inside of an application like Adobe Photoshop, where you can lift a color, really that's all you can do with the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop, is lift a color. You can do more than that with the Eyedropper tool inside of Illustrator, where you can lift fill and stroke and live effects and stuffs like that. But it's even better implemented inside of InDesign.
It's a totally tricked-out tool as you're going to see. You probably won't take advantage of it that often, but I want you to know it's there. So let's start things off by opening this document. It's called Seventies Quiz #2 It's found in the O1 introduction folder. Here is what I'd like to do to this document. I'd like to take the names right here. Murray & Callander independently of the text around them and I want the formatting to match this text over here, this purple sort of bold, italic headline text, using the Eyedropper. And then I will press the T key to select my Type tool. I'll double click and hold in order to select Murray & Callander and I will go ahead and manually select the Eyedropper tool.
I can't press the I key, because if I did I would replace this text with the letter I. So I'll go ahead and select the Eyedropper and then check this out. All I have to do with this tool is click inside of the text that I want to match and I have gone ahead formatted my selected text. I will now press the Enter key on the keypad again. You might press the Escape key, in order to go ahead and see that I have indeed formatted my text with a single click of the Eyedropper tool, but that's just the beginning. As I was telling you, the Eyedropper tool is totally tricked out, we'll see how to use it to style text all over the place in the next exercise.
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