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A successful layout starts with the smart use of typography.InDesign CS3 Professional Typography begins with the basics by working with text manually and understanding character formatting, then progresses through the more advanced features of InDesign CS3, such as setting up and applying paragraph and character styles, using OpenType fonts, and understanding how kerning, tracking, and leading affect readability. InDesign CS3 Professional Typography also covers the advanced implementation of nested styles and sequential styles, finessing such typographic details as ellipses, apostrophes, and fractions, using baseline grids, and applying special effects to your type. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
The way you select your styles will usually reflect the hierarchy inherent in your document. You may have first level heads, second level heads, subheads etcetera where each lower level of hierarchy is derived from the level above, that is Head 3 is like Head 2, only smaller, and Head 2 is like Head 1, only smaller. It's easy to establish this parent-child relation with styles using the Based On option. I am in a document called basedon which is in the Paragraph Styles folder, and here we have a very simple document with three levels of head, and I style-created for each of those three levels of head on my Paragraph Styles panel.
Let's just take a look at head2, which we can see is based on head1, and head3, which is based on head2. So that, when I come to head1 and edit that whatever change I make with the exception of it being a change in size because that's the one attribute that is independent about head2 and head3. Let's say I will change the fonts to Popular Standard, it doesn't really matter what you choose to something different. I won't choose that one; I will choose Optima instead, now we see they will change.
Now imagine that we were working with hundreds of pages how effective that change could be. Also potentially how destructive that change could be. So just make sure that when you are using that Based On feature you are conscious of doing so, and you are using it to establish the hierarchy in your document. Now one other thing I might mention is that in CS3 we have this option here, just a little bit of house-keeping with our styles and since these three styles are old kind of related to each other we might make a new style group, which we could call heads, and then I could select all three of those styles and drag them into the heads folder. And that's just a way of keeping our Paragraph Styles palette a little tidier because when you get to work with more complex documents it's not uncommon to have a very long list of styles which can get a bit unwieldy unless you use style groups to keep your styles nice and tidy on your Paragraph Styles panel.
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