InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets
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The Paragraph Style Options dialog box


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Video: The Paragraph Style Options dialog box

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to work inside the Paragraph Styles Options dialog box. Now, we are still working inside that same Table of Contents.indd file that I opened in previous exercise, found inside the 02 Graph Styles folder and bear in mind of course, where graph is a short version of paragraph, it doesn't have anything to do with the Chart Style Graphs and I have gone ahead and created a new style called Page No. & Title based on the word Editorial and its drop caps. So the drop caps, the big numbers here, are the page number and the word Editorial is the name of the article.
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  1. 45m 34s
    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
      2m 12s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 18s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 17s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 45s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 18s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 29m 56s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
      40s
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 56s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 55s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 29s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 15s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 30s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 39s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 29s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 12s
  3. 20m 41s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
      38s
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 23s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 5s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 9s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 15s
    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 23s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 50s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 23s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      3m 59s
    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 15s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 23s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 9s
    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 4s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 28s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 36s
  6. 53m 12s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 0s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 36s
    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 48s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 20s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 24s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 25s
    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 23s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 2s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 42s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 27s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 8s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 18s
    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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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.

Topics include:
  • Replicating formatting attributes with the Eyedropper tool
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Formatting stories with New Style and Quick Apply
  • Understanding and exploiting local overrides
  • Augmenting text with character styles
  • Employing nested and numbered styles
  • Using a "list" to number across stories
  • Working with table and cell styles
  • Creating and employing object styles
  • Automating whole page designs with anchored object styles
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Deke McClelland

The Paragraph Style Options dialog box

In this exercise, I am going to show you how to work inside the Paragraph Styles Options dialog box. Now, we are still working inside that same Table of Contents.indd file that I opened in previous exercise, found inside the 02 Graph Styles folder and bear in mind of course, where graph is a short version of paragraph, it doesn't have anything to do with the Chart Style Graphs and I have gone ahead and created a new style called Page No. & Title based on the word Editorial and its drop caps. So the drop caps, the big numbers here, are the page number and the word Editorial is the name of the article.

I am going to go ahead and now press the Enter Key on the keypad or you could press the Escape Key if you didn't load my keyboard shortcuts in order to escape out of that text. You might also press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect the text so that nothing is selected. You don't want to have anything selected on the page. Now we are going to go ahead and modify the Page No. & Title Style to at least include a keyboard shortcut. I am also going to show you a few other things we can do if we want. Let's go ahead and move this page over a little bit so that we can see the text as we are modifying the style.

So you may recall from the previous chapter we have a live link between the style text and the Paragraph Styles. So if we modify that Paragraph Style, we are going to modify the text as well. I am going to go ahead and double-click on Page No. & Title there inside the Paragraph Styles palette to bring up the Paragraph Style Options dialog box and notice when you are working inside this dialog box by the way that you have a ton of different panels that are available to you and by a ton I mean several.

There is like something like 15 or 16 and you can switch between panels by clicking on these items here. Once you have clicked on one of these items you can also press the up and down arrow key. So the down arrow key will take you down panels, the up arrow key will take you up panels. You will also have keyboard shortcuts in case you are curious. Ctrl+1 or Command+1 on the Mac will take you to General. Ctrl+2 or Command+2 on the Mac will take you to, what is that? Basic Character Formats on and on all the way down the Ctrl+0 or Command+0 on the Mac which will take you to Drop Caps and Nested Styles.

Let's check out this one actually because it factors into what we have done inside of this style. Notice that the Preview checkbox is turned on. Make sure yours is turned on as well so you can see what you are doing and notice if I change this Lines value like if I reduce the value for example, I am pressing the down arrow key to reduce the value to 2 Lines or just 1 Line. That's going to change the size of this drop cap item right there and I actually want to take it up to 3 Lines. You could make it 4 or 5 Lines if you want it to. You can increase the number of characters as well. Right now it set to just the first 2 characters.

If I increase that to 3 characters that could include the tab character after the 8 and 18. If I take it up to 4 characters that would include the E and then the D and so on, if I take it to 5. Alright, let's take that back down to where I had it 3 and 2 is actually what I want for this particular paragraph right here. But I just want to show you how you can modify this text on the fly if you want to and see the results. So for example, if you are curious what does Align Left Edge do? Well, watch the number 1 right there.

If I turn on Align Left Edge you will see that it goes ahead and aligns the left edge of that character. So the 1 moves all the way left. The problem is with this, I don't actually want this turned on. I will go and turn it off. That messes up the right alignment of the number or characters and I want all the numbers to be aligned similarly at the expense of the number 1 which is the narrowest number of course. But my point is you can checkout how options work when you have Preview turned on. I am going to go ahead and go back to General, which I could do either by clicking on the word General or pressing Ctrl+1, Command+1 on the Mac, because I want to assign a keyboard shortcut and I am going to tell you all about keyboard shortcuts, because they are little weird in the next exercise.

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