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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.
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We are now looking at the primary project file for this chapter. It's a little thing I call Advertisement.indd found inside of the 07 Object Style folder and this is what we are going to be making actually. This is the final version of this document. You can see that it is topped by these sort of quasi- Scrabble tiles. They are spelling out rent obviously. Alright, I am going to switch back to the document that we're working on here. When you first open this document, Advertisement.indd found inside the 07 Object Styles folder, already told you that, but there it is again.
When you open it, you may get a font warning, depending on which version of InDesign you have installed, you may get a font warning. For all I know, you have got font warnings on other stuff, if you bought an educational version in InDesign or something along those lines, but we have to assume you have some fonts available to you. But the fonts that are assigned over here, if I were to double click inside of this type and look up here at the Character Information inside of the Control palette, you would see that I have set this font to Garamond Premier Pro Semibold, and else where I am using a Adobe Garamond Pro, which is a different font, but it doesn't have Semibold. It doesn't ship along with Semibold.
It does have a Semibold style, but it doesn't ship with InDesign. So that's why I used Garamond Premier over here, because I wanted that Semibold. But if you don't have it, let me just show you something. I am going to go ahead and escape out there by pressing the Escape key, and I am going to bring up my Paragraph Styles palette. You can see that I have got a Paragraph Style that's assigned to some of the text here. In fact, this text right here is subject to the Form text style. It has some modifications made; you can see there's a little bit of local override going on. It's force justified just to keep all the type on a single line there, but otherwise, that is the style, which is of course set to Garamond Premium Pro.
Alright, so once again I am going to Escape out, press Ctrl+Shift+A Command+Shift+A on the Mac, in order to deselect every thing and just to confirm, I just want you to see this, because we are going to do a little bit of a magic trick here. I went ahead and double clicked on Form text there inside the Paragraph Styles palette to bring up the Paragraph Style Options dialog box. I am now going to switch over to Basic Character Formats and you can see that the font finally is set to Garamond Premier Pro. Alright, so and there is Semibold right there. Fine. That's the font style. I am going to go ahead and cancel out. Now watch this. Let's say you do get that warning, the warning comes up when you first open the document and that warning is basically the same as this command right here.
If you go to the Type Menu and choose Find Font, you'll bring up this Find Font dialog box and it will show you Garamond Premier Pro will at the top your list, if you are missing it. It will have a little cautionary icon next to it, and then you can select it and change it to some other font family like I am going to go ahead and click inside Times New Roman and I am just going to type Adobe G like that and that will switch the font to Adobe Garamond Pro and the font style should not be Regular it should be Bold. Notice that for some reason I have got Semibold Italic on this machine, but I don't have Semibold.
But I do have Bold, you should too, assuming of course you bought one of the commercial versions, the full commercial versions of InDesign, and you do want to turn on Redefine Style When Changing All. Go ahead and turn on that checkbox and what that will do is, in addition to changing your fonts, so they no longer appear in that Pepto-Bismol pink I was telling you about, a while back. We'll update the fonts so that they appear normally on screen, but also it will change your style definitions. It will change that Paragraph Style definition. I have actually got to perform the modification here, otherwise I won't have done anything.
So I would click on Change All and notice then, what was formally called, Garamond Premier Semibold, now appears as Adobe Garamond Pro Bold. So you have switched out the font, now you can click on Done. Having done that your Pepto-Bismol pink should go away if you were indeed seeing it, and if you now go over to Form text and then you switch to Basic Character Formats here, you will see that the font family has now been updated to Adobe Garamond Pro. So that's very important, by the way, when you go ahead and use the Find Font command in order to change our fonts, make sure that you change out the style definitions as well.
I mean it's just a good tidy thing to do under most circumstances. Alright, so there's our document, we are now ready to add some objects to the document in order to serve as our Scrabble tiles and we will be adding those objects in the next exercise.
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