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Meet the object style

From: InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

Video: Meet the object style

Alright kids, here is where things get exciting. Believe it or not, we are going to take all of the formatting attributes that are assigned to this text frame right here, this properly styled text frame, and we are going to apply them en mass to this text frame, to this badly styled text frame right there. It's kind of a like an ad hoc styling at this point. Some stuff is styled properly, other stuff not. For example, the background of the frame isn't styled properly at all and then we have some issues with the improperly formatted text at the bottom here. We are going to accomplish this feet of transferring the styles from one text block to another, using an Object Style.

Meet the object style

Alright kids, here is where things get exciting. Believe it or not, we are going to take all of the formatting attributes that are assigned to this text frame right here, this properly styled text frame, and we are going to apply them en mass to this text frame, to this badly styled text frame right there. It's kind of a like an ad hoc styling at this point. Some stuff is styled properly, other stuff not. For example, the background of the frame isn't styled properly at all and then we have some issues with the improperly formatted text at the bottom here. We are going to accomplish this feet of transferring the styles from one text block to another, using an Object Style.

So here is how it works. I want you to go ahead and grab your black arrow tool, which you can get by pressing the V key, which is almost the last letter in the word Move, is one way to think of it. It's the last consonant. Anyway. And then go ahead click on this text frame in order to select the entire thing there. Now, I want you to go up to the Window menu and I want you to choose Object Styles right there or you can press Ctrl+F7 or Command+F7 on the Mac. I don't really expect you to remember these keyboard shortcuts incidentally I am just mentioning them in passing, in case they slide easily into your brain and I am going to go ahead and choose that command in order to bring up the Objects Styles palette right there.

Now, let's create a new Object Style by clicking on this little page icon. I just want you click on it and that adds a new style called Object Style1. Now it's not properly linked to the text frame; notice it's not selected here. So go ahead and click on it to establish a link between Object Style1 and the text frame. Now Object Style1, I have to say, is a very bad name for this style. So let's go ahead and rename it by double clicking on the style name. That's going to bring up this whopping huge Object Style Options dialog box because the Object Styles potentially save a ton of formatting attributes as you can see represented here inside of this area. There just a ton of stuff that's going on.

All I want you to do is change the name for now, however, we will come to all those other options later. Let's go ahead and call this Violet frame and I know that this is not really violet, it's more of a lilac color, but lilac is a light violet after all. So that's what I am going to call it and then click OK in order to accept that modification. Alright. You have just saved an object style. You rock. What a good job. I mean you just saw how much stuff you saved just in that one little operation. Now I want you to notice that there is a difference between this text frame here and this one on the right hand side, I am going to move things over a little bit and close my Object Styles palette for a moment.

Notice that the one on the left is taller; it goes all the way up to this orange guideline right there, whereas the one on the right only goes to this point, to this third down orange guideline. That's no good. What's going on? Well, let me grab this text frame, the left hand text frame, and move it out to the size, so that you can see over here on the pasteboard. It does not include the headline; it just includes a margin at the top, some headroom so that the headline will fit into place. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that modification.

To see how that's accomplished, I am going to go up to the Object menu and I am going to choose Text Frame Options. You can also press Ctrl+B, Command+B on a Mac, I just mentioned it that's all. Going to choose that command and notice right here, if we were to take a look at the Inset Spacing. You can see that at the bottom I don't have any spacing, even though I am just allowing the spacing to occur, if it's going to. So I am not forcing any spacing. But I am forcing some spacing at the top 5 picas, 6 points, which is almost a full inch of space there at the top, if you know how picas work. And we also have 0p6, that's a half a pica, so 6 points of space in the left.

That's half an inch incidentally and another half an inch on the right. Alright. So I am just going to cancel that. I am just noting that. What that means is I need to grab this text frame on the right hand side and I need to drag it up like so. I am dragging the top handle, so that it aligns to the top orange guideline. Good. Now I am going to go over to the Object Styles palette right there which I can also get by just clicking on its icon over here in the palette list if I want to and I am going to change the style to Violet frame and just like that, bang.

I am able to style that entire list with the exception of those improperly styled items toward at the bottom of the list. We are going to take care of that problem very very simply as you'll see in the next exercise.

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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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