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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 take those paired Paragraph Styles that we've created in the previous exercise and we are going to nest them into the Tile Style Object Style and if you are just joining, I am working inside of a catch up document called Paired P styles defined.indd, because we do have the paired Paragraph Styles defined and ready to go. This document is found inside the 07 Object Styles folder. Alright, nothing selected please, Control+Shift+A, Command+Shift+A on the Mac, bring up your Object Styles Palette which you can do by pressing Control+F7 or Command+F7 on the Mac, if you like, and then I want you to find that Tile Style style, and I want you to double click on it, in order to bring up the massive Object Style Options dialog Box and everything is fine right here.
We don't need it based on any styles. We do however need to integrate some Paragraph Styles. So I want you to click on Paragraph Styles, which changes the setting of the checkbox from blue, meaning it's kind of half selected, to a check mark, which means it's totally selected and ready to go. And then we're going to change the Paragraph Style from Basic Paragraph to Big Letter. Now, at this point you might say, well, where do you assign Tiny Score? Because we need Tiny Score to be a part of this as well, right? We've got big letter for the big letter and we got tiny score for the tiny score.
Those are the two Paragraph Styles, in fact, you can see them right there. There is Big Letter, there is Tiny Score. I am saying just select the Big Letter, because it's the first one, and then say, apply Next Style. Now this only works if you'd set up Big Letter to have a Next Style of Tiny Score, which is what we did. So we're good to go. You can turn on the Preview checkbox and watch what happens. Bang, just like that, the styles are applied. Is that not cool? Then click OK in order to accept your modification. Bang, all the work is done for us.
Not only that, is all the work really done for us? Yes. Check it out; just grab those three tiles, like so. Click on Tile Style or press the keyboard shortcut or whatever it is you want to do and if you get that little + sign, notice right here this little + sign after the Tile Style, style name. If you hover over it, it's going to tell you that you've got Mixed Overrides and you could try to Alt+Click or Option+Click on that style or you could click on this little icon down here, which says, Clear Overrides, so that you clear out the Overrides. None of that works, in so far as getting rid of the + sign is concerned.
So what you could do is, check out your independent tiles. If you want to, you can click off the tiles in order to deselect them all and then try the E1 tile, nothing, try the N5 tile, nothing, try the T2 tile, nothing, alright? So it's just one of those things, just an arbitrary little nothing of a problem there. So there weren't really any overrides and we do have some fantastic looking styled Scrabble tiles. We're done with this document. In the next exercise, we're going to shift to a different project file and I am going to demonstrate how you can use Object Styles to automate anchored objects inside of InDesign.
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