InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets
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Problems? Fit the frame to the contents


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InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets

with Deke McClelland

Video: Problems? Fit the frame to the contents

As promised, I am going to show you a couple of things that can go wrong with the application of this Anchored Object Style. Check this out. I am going to go ahead and I am still working inside by the way the same Anchored Object Style.indd file that I opened in the previous exercise, found inside of course the 07 Object Styles folder. But I have made a couple of changes. I have gone ahead and setup the Default Margin Object Style and then I pasted the Scotch rule into this anchored frame. Okay, let's say now that I decide that I want this S that's serving as the head for the alphabetical entries here inside this glossary.
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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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5h 37m Intermediate Apr 04, 2008

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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

Problems? Fit the frame to the contents

As promised, I am going to show you a couple of things that can go wrong with the application of this Anchored Object Style. Check this out. I am going to go ahead and I am still working inside by the way the same Anchored Object Style.indd file that I opened in the previous exercise, found inside of course the 07 Object Styles folder. But I have made a couple of changes. I have gone ahead and setup the Default Margin Object Style and then I pasted the Scotch rule into this anchored frame. Okay, let's say now that I decide that I want this S that's serving as the head for the alphabetical entries here inside this glossary.

I want it to be much, much bigger. So I am going to click on it with my black arrow tool, and then I am going to change the Scale options up here. I am going to make sure by the way that the Link is turned on. So I am constraining the proportions of the S. Then I am going to change that first value to 250% and then hit the Return key or the Enter key here on the PC and that goes ahead and shifts Scotch rule way the heck down, but notice this Scotch rule is not in alignment. It's way off of alignment. I will go ahead and move this guideline down to the top of the Cap Height and this Scotch rule is sitting way up there.

Why? Because it's frame is so enormous and you may recall I had specified where this Margin Object Style is concerned, I specifically asked that the frame not dip below into the margin region. And you can see that if you go up to the Object menu, choose Anchored Object and choose Options, you can see that I say, Keep within Top/Bottom Column Boundaries. Now if I turn that option off, and I have the Preview checkbox turned on. So I will turn this guy off. You can see that then InDesign allows it to drop down.

But were it filled with all kinds of information there, were there are some more graphical stuff going on, down in this region it would look ridiculous. So really I don't want this to be able to dip down, I don't want the frame to go down. So I would leave that checkbox turned on. In fact I will just go ahead and click on the Cancel button. Instead what I want to do is I want to take advantage of our old friend, and I say old friend, because we saw it at a couple of exercises ago, this guy up here, this frame fitting feature right there. Fit frame to content. Go ahead and click on it, up here in the Control palette or you press Ctrl+Alt+C, Command+Option+C on the Mac.

Now it totally takes care of the problem. Check this one out; actually, I am going to sort of undo a series of operations here. I am going to undo the pasting of the object into the frames. So I have gone ahead and press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac, so many times that I got back to the step before I ended the previous exercise. So this frame is anchored, but it's empty. Now, go grab that S, change its scaling value to 250%, once again press the Enter key here on the PC or the Return key on the Mac.

Then check this out, I will go ahead and click on the frames to select it, and I will go up to the Edit menu and I will choose Paste Into and I am choosing the command this time to as opposed to pressing the keyboard shortcut just so you can see I am really doing it. Paste Into. There is this line that appears right there, but that's it. What in the world is going on? Well, the Paste Into command is trying to put the item in the same place and position it at the same horizontal and vertical position from which it was cut and that's above the frame, so we are not actually seeing the Scotch rule at all.

If I press the W key to switch in the preview mode, you can't see a darn thing. Well, let's go ahead and select that frame. If I go ahead and once again Fit the frame to the content by clicking on this little button up here in the Control palette or pressing Ctrl+Alt+C Command+Option+C on the Mac, totally solves the problem. So just bear that in mind, because it could be a real freak-out. The tendency is to go up to the Edit menu and choose Paste Into and then notice ah, it didn't work, I guess InDesign wasn't quite paying attention to me, right? So I will go up to the Edit menu and do it again, Paste Into and then still not doing it.

So may be you press the keyboard shortcut about five times in row, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+V, whatever and then pretty soon you have got 15 of these items sitting inside of this text frame and it can be a little bit of a mess to try to untangle that. Well, in fact all you need to do, I will just go ahead and undo the edition of those last several items. All you really needed to do was paste in there once, have faith that InDesign got it right because choosing the same command over and over isn't going to do you any good. Then go ahead and click on this Fit frame to content button in order to solve your problem.

Alright. So far so good. In the next exercise, I am going to show you how to create an Anchored Object that's going to lock an object into alignment not with other objects on the page, but rather with the page itself. Stay tuned.

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