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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.
Now that we've seen how to use the Eyedropper tool to duplicate formatting attributes from one block of text to another, let's check out another way to use the Eyedropper tool, the loaded Eyedropper cursor to duplicate the same formatting attributes over and over again. Here I am working inside the document called Seventies Quiz #2.indd that's found inside the 01 Introduction folder, and I am going to go ahead and undo the modifications that I made to Murray & Callandar. I am going to actually replicate, I am just going to repeat it that is, so that we can see something that I didn't show you before, I am going to grab my Type tool and I am going to double click and drag over Murray & Callandar once again.
By the way in case you are wondering what I am doing, in case you are not all that familiar with how to select text inside of InDesign. I am doing this: I am double clicking, and on the second click I am holding, so it's basically a click and hold, and then I am dragging with that cursor down. So I call it a double click and drag. And that will select multiple words at a time. So double clicking selects a single word; double clicking and holding allows you to select multiple words like so. I will go and double click and hold again Murray & Callandar, I will grab my Eyedropper tool and then I'll click on this text like so, in order to duplicate the purple, semi-bold formatting attributes on to Murray & Callandar.
But notice my Eyedropper cursor now. Notice that it's flipped. This is how it looked before, looked like it was sort of leaning to the right now and it appears to be leaning to the left and it's loaded with ink. See how it's got some black ink inside of it, and as soon as I move it over some text, you can see that I have a little I-beam next to it. And that shows me that if I drag over some text, bang! I go ahead it with those exact same formatting attributes that I lifted just a moment ago and my Eyedropper remains loaded. So I can continue to, for example, double click and drag if I want to select and format more text or if I want to format an entire line of text, I would triple click, one, two, three, like so.
Or if I wanted to format an entire paragraph of text, I would quadruple click one, two, three, four. Oh my Gosh, and you can go on and on from there if you like. I am going to go ahead and undo that last modification, What you do however if you now want to use the Eyedropper tool to once again lift some formatting attributes? Well I will show you exactly what you do in your next exercise.
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