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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 are going to fix the descriptive text and I am going to do so by modifying a single word. You don't have to select an entire paragraph if you don't want to; you can select as little as a single character but as I say, I am going to go with the whole word. I am working inside of a document, another catch up document called One style left.indd found inside of the 03_update styles folder but I urge you, those of you who have been working along since the beginning of Chapter 2 to stick with that same document so that you can complete it from beginning to end here.
I am going to double click on the word 'upon.' It doesn't really matter what word you select ,but I am going to choose upon here and a few changes that I am going to make. First of all, I am going to change the style here from Condensed, which doesn't exists for Adobe Garamond Pro, to Regular, or if you want a keyboard shortcut that's really handy here. You can press Ctrl+Shift+Y or Command+Shift+Y on the Mac that all always get you your Regular or your Plain or your Roman style. Notice right away here inside the Paragraph Styles palette, we now have a local override.
If I hover over there, it tells me that the override is regular and Skew angle is 0?, so it went ahead and reset the Skew angle automatically for us that was very kind of it. Because after all, I don't want that bad Skew angle and by the way, that's another function of having press Ctrl+Shift+Y, or Command+Shift+Y in the Mac, is that you reset the Skew value, so two modifications in one right there, very nifty. I am now going to click on that Tracking value, change it to 0 and then I am going to press the Tab key a couple of times in order to advance to this guy right here; the Horizontal Scale value and I am going to change it to 100%.
By the way, there is a keyboard shortcut for that if you are curious; it's Ctrl+Shift+X or Command+Shift+X on the Mac. Not sure you need to memorize that one but there is a keyboard shortcut for it. So Tracking to 0, Horizontal Scale to 100% and then one more thing that I want to do. I am going to go ahead and click on this icon on the far right side of the Control palette which brings up a Palette menu and I am going to choose this command right there, Balance Ragged Lines. I've given you a keyboard shortcut, if you loaded my Deke Keys back in Chapter 1, then you have a keyboard shortcut for this command which is Ctrl+Alt+B or Command+Option+B on the Mac; a handy keyboard shortcut to bear in mind because sometimes you will want to balance your ragged lines.
The idea is when you choose this command, it tries to go ahead- I'll hide the Paragraph Styles palette for a moment there. It goes ahead and tries to balance all lines of types so they are roughly the same length, they were close to being the same length as they can be which gets rid of our widow. In this next exercise, I am going to show you a couple more little tips and tricks for clearing local overrides and then we'll go ahead and update all of the description text. Stick with me.
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