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Using Parent and Child Styles


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InDesign CS3 Professional Typography

with Nigel French

Video: Using Parent and Child Styles

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.
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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Understanding how to use this course
      46s
    2. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 9m 12s
    1. Working with essential preferences and setup
      6m 12s
    2. Dealing with missing fonts
      3m 0s
  3. 25m 41s
    1. Working with text frames
      3m 33s
    2. Working with manual text flow
      3m 40s
    3. Working with Autoflow
      1m 27s
    4. Working with semi-automatic text flow
      2m 13s
    5. Using Autoflow without adding pages
      2m 34s
    6. Placing multiple text files
      4m 11s
    7. Mocking up pages with placeholder text
      3m 22s
    8. Working with text threads
      2m 15s
    9. Stretching a headline across columns
      2m 26s
  4. 25m 0s
    1. Choosing fonts
      1m 27s
    2. Sizing type
      3m 46s
    3. Using italics
      2m 14s
    4. Using condensed type
      1m 37s
    5. Using the ALL CAPS feature
      2m 18s
    6. Using small caps
      3m 22s
    7. Underlining type
      2m 15s
    8. Using superscript and subscript
      2m 18s
    9. Doing a baseline shift
      2m 59s
    10. Combining fonts in the same document
      2m 44s
  5. 14m 58s
    1. Setting leading
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding autoleading and why to avoid it
      4m 18s
    3. Leading headlines
      1m 36s
    4. Using Optical leading
      1m 43s
    5. How leading affects readability
      3m 15s
  6. 25m 57s
    1. Understanding the difference between kerning and tracking
      3m 41s
    2. Understanding Metrics kerning vs. Optical kerning
      1m 53s
    3. Using kerning to avoid character collisions
      1m 35s
    4. Kerning a headline
      2m 22s
    5. Tracking to fix widows and orphans
      3m 46s
    6. Tracking and readability
      5m 4s
    7. Using preferences and keyboard shortcuts
      5m 19s
    8. Adjusting word spaces only
      2m 17s
  7. 24m 37s
    1. Using the Glyphs palette
      5m 16s
    2. Using typographer's quotes
      3m 40s
    3. Using fractions
      2m 49s
    4. Using apostrophes
      1m 4s
    5. Using ellipses
      2m 52s
    6. Understanding your dashes
      2m 41s
    7. Avoiding two spaces after a period
      2m 48s
    8. Spacing characters
      1m 34s
    9. Reducing punctuation size in headlines
      1m 53s
  8. 16m 20s
    1. Understanding OpenType fonts
      1m 55s
    2. Understanding ligatures
      3m 30s
    3. Understanding small caps
      1m 24s
    4. Understanding numerals
      1m 42s
    5. Understanding fractions
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding other OpenType features
      4m 27s
  9. 26m 48s
    1. Aligning your type
      2m 49s
    2. Setting Justification options
      5m 56s
    3. Setting left alignment
      3m 5s
    4. Setting Optical margin alignment
      2m 38s
    5. Hanging punctuation
      2m 7s
    6. Using Adobe Paragraph Composer
      1m 51s
    7. Align to or away from spine
      1m 49s
    8. Setting vertical alignment
      6m 33s
  10. 13m 48s
    1. Using first-line indents
      3m 40s
    2. Using paragraph spacing
      3m 17s
    3. Using indent alternatives
      3m 17s
    4. Using last-line indents
      2m 22s
    5. Establishing visual relationships
      1m 12s
  11. 11m 23s
    1. Using line breaks
      1m 45s
    2. Balancing ragged lines
      44s
    3. Using no-break and non-breaking characters
      2m 52s
    4. Using column and frame breaks
      4m 31s
    5. Defining Keep options
      1m 31s
  12. 13m 8s
    1. Understanding the different types of tabs
      1m 54s
    2. Using tab leaders in a TOC
      3m 1s
    3. Creating a Reply Coupon
      2m 41s
    4. Using Flush tab
      38s
    5. Creating a bullet list
      2m 54s
    6. Creating a numbered list
      2m 0s
  13. 11m 18s
    1. Setting Hyphenation options
      5m 13s
    2. Using the Hyphenation Slider
      1m 6s
    3. Adding discretionary and non-breaking hyphens
      1m 49s
    4. Using the Optical hyphen
      1m 8s
    5. Understanding the Hyphenation Zone
      2m 2s
  14. 14m 2s
    1. Understanding the purpose of drop caps
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding the optical alignment of drop caps
      2m 42s
    3. Navigating tricky drop caps
      3m 30s
    4. Using a nested character style with a drop cap
      2m 53s
    5. Understanding other uses of drop caps
      51s
  15. 53m 26s
    1. Applying Paragraph Styles
      8m 7s
    2. Creating Styles
      10m 0s
    3. Editing and redefining Styles
      5m 32s
    4. Using Parent and Child Styles
      2m 30s
    5. Organizing Styles
      3m 10s
    6. Loading Styles from another document
      3m 21s
    7. Importing Styles from Word
      5m 55s
    8. Applying Styles with the Eye Dropper
      1m 14s
    9. Removing manual overrides
      3m 40s
    10. Using Paragraph Rules creatively
      9m 57s
  16. 7m 20s
    1. Creating and applying Character Styles
      2m 25s
    2. Understanding “relative” Character Styles
      2m 40s
    3. Using Find/Change to convert local formatting to Character Styles
      2m 15s
  17. 31m 41s
    1. Creating a run-in head
      4m 51s
    2. Creating a Contents page
      8m 21s
    3. Creating complex Nested Styles
      7m 37s
    4. Using Sequential Styles
      2m 45s
    5. Combining Nested Styles, Sequential Styles, and Object Styles
      3m 41s
    6. Combining even more
      4m 26s
  18. 16m 53s
    1. Applying a Text Wrap
      7m 0s
    2. Making items ignore the Text Wrap
      1m 15s
    3. Using Text Wrap tricks
      2m 45s
    4. Setting Text Wrap preferences
      5m 53s
  19. 13m 4s
    1. Understanding column grid strategies
      1m 35s
    2. Setting up a baseline grid
      5m 21s
    3. Aligning the first line only
      1m 19s
    4. Determining the size of your type area
      2m 2s
    5. Customizing baseline grids
      2m 47s
  20. 36m 23s
    1. Typing on a path
      7m 38s
    2. Typing on a circle
      5m 27s
    3. Understanding offset outlines and gradients
      3m 8s
    4. Creating a custom ligature
      1m 39s
    5. Creating interlocking type
      2m 49s
    6. Creating see-through letters
      1m 18s
    7. Using type as picture frames
      1m 35s
    8. Using type and transparency effects
      5m 54s
    9. Using custom-shaped text frames
      2m 3s
    10. Using effects on type
      4m 52s
  21. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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6h 33m Intermediate Feb 05, 2008

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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.

Topics include:
  • Placing and flowing text Choosing and formatting type Setting leading for best readability Using kerning and tracking Working with special characters Aligning type Applying paragraph styles Creating nested and sequential styles Working with text wraps Working with baseline grids Applying type effects
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Nigel French

Using Parent and Child Styles

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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