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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, I am going to show you how to update another shared attribute and by shared attribute, I mean a formatting attribute that's shared between a group of associated styles. For example, inside of this document, I am still working inside the Styled TOC.indd file, albeit slightly updated here based on what we did in the previous exercise. If you take a look, I've got my Type tool selected. If you click inside the Description, you'll see that the type size is 12 point. If I click in inside the Byline, the type size is 12 point.
If I click inside the word Editorial, the type size is 12 point. Actually, if I click inside the 18, it says that the type size is 12 point. Even though, it obviously isn't the size of the other characters, the reason it's saying that the type size is 12 point is because this is a drop cap and it has some special scaling going on, it's scaled to the height of three lines of this text right here. Anyway, I am thinking, whatever the type size, I am thinking that the word Editorial is too small and I'd like to go ahead and enlarge it.
So what I am going to do is just click inside the word Editorial with my Type tool. Make sure that it's active so that I can go over to the Page No. & Title style and update it and incidentally, I've been showing you how to update. By double clicking on the style sheet, if you prefer to work with commands, there are people, believe it or not, who prefer to work that way, then you'd go over to the Palette menu right here and you will choose this guy right here, Style Options and that would bring up the Paragraph Style Options dialog box. Another way to work -- I'll go ahead and cancel out it there. Another way to work is to right click on the style and choose this very first command, Edit "Page No.
& Title". In any case, I am going to switch to Basic Character Formats. I am going to click inside of the Size field right there, the Size option box and I am going to press the up arrow key. Watch this, make sure the Preview check box is turned on. I am going to press the up arrow key two times in row and with each press of the up arrow key, you can see that all of my text grows. So not only the text that's associated with Page No. & Title but also the shared attributes that are associated with the Byline and Description styles as well because they are all based upon Page No.
& Title. Now, I'll go ahead and click OK in order to apply that update. In the next exercise, I am going to show you what is potentially a more convenient way to update a style sheet here inside InDesign.
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