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Adobe InDesign has transformed into InDesign CC, a sleek 64-bit application with an ever-evolving toolset. But how do these changes impact designers? In this course, get an insider's take on the new feature set and performance enhancements that ship with the latest update to Creative Cloud. Author Justin Seeley reviews the most compelling features in InDesign, including HiDPI and retina display support, the modern dark interface, EPUB enhancements, and QR code generation.
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As someone who has to deal with alot of InDesign documents, especially long InDesign documents, I'm a huge proponent of using Styles, whether that's Character and Paragraph Styles or Object Styles. And, one of the new features, inside of InDesign, happens to be the fact that you can, actually, now, add export options for Object Styles and specify different Object Styles to have different export options when you're going out to things like EPUB. And so in this movie I'm going to be showing you exactly how to set up object Style Export Options. I'm going to take the Zoom tool really quick and zoom in on this image on this page right here, and then we'll grab my Selection tool, and just select it. I'm going to add some attributes to this image and then save it as an Object Style.
And by the way, if you don't have the Object Styles panel over here on the right hand side go to your Workspace Jump Menu> Advanced, and it will jump you into this workspace where you can then have access directly to the Object Styles Panel which is what we're going to be working with. In this movie. I'm going to have this object selected on-screen. I'm going to first, give it a stroke, so I'm just going to give it, like a one point stroke, then I'm going to round the corners a bit. So, I'm going to click right here, to edit the corners, and then you can just drag this, inward a little bit, to round the corners off. And, once you get it like you like it, just go ahead and release your mouse.
Once I'm finished with that, I'm also going to add a drop shadow, to this. And so, when I add the drop shadow, I'm going to make sure that I have Preview turned on, so I can see it, and then I'll move this out of the way a little bit. I think the shadows a little too big, so I'll decrease the distance, I may also take down the opacity, just a little bit, something like 60%. And then, you can also adjust the size. Of the drop shadow as well until you get it dialed in exactly like you want it. Then once you have that done, just go ahead and hit OK. And then I'm going to open up the Object Styles panel, because let's say I'm working on a book here, and I want to add this particular effect to all of my images throughout my document.
Well, it doesn't make sense for me to go through every image and then have to set up these parameters each time, the one point stroke, the rounded corners, and the drop shadow. So what I want to do is save that as an objects style. And so in order to do that, I bring up the Objects Styles Panel> New button, or I can go to the Panel Menu> New Object Style which actually gives me all of these options here. So once you have the New Object Style Panel open, go ahead then and type out a name in this case I'll type out this image style and then look towards the bottom you will actually see export options for this particular graphics style.
It starts off with alternate text this is acessability Feature which makes your document more accessible to people with disabilities. And so, you have the ability to set something called the Alternate Text Source. This means exactly where does the alternate text that's associated with this come from? Does it come from the structure of the document? Does it come from the XMP title, description or headline? Is it a custom setting? Where does it come from? So, that's totally up to you what you pick there. And then you also have the ability to change the tagge PDF settings o if you're used to using tagged PDF's you can actually specify different tag settings for different object styles that you create in InDesign and then probably the most powerful feature in this new export options is the EPUB html options which give you customization in custom layout options for each individual.
Object style that you create. So I could set a custom rasterization for just this Object Style here. And so I could say, alright, the size, I want that to be just relative to the page width. I want the format to be in JPG, GIF, or PNG. In this case, I think JPG works well. I can set the resolution for this, depending on where this file is ultimately going. That would determine the resolution that I set here. And then of course we could also change the JPEG quality. And the method for which the JPEG is loaded as well. Directly underneath that we have the Custom Layout option which allows us to specify a layout for this, either we use Alignment and Spacing so we line it up left, center and right and then we give it before and after spacing if we want.
We can also just float it to the left. We could float it to the right, either one is fine. If you choose Allignment and Spacing, you also get, like I said, space before and space after options, directly underneath that. And then, underneath here, you get to check the box, whether or not you want to insert in a page break, before or after, or before and after, the image. So, if you have several different images throughout your EPUB document that you think you need to be on their own page, you could actually just create an object style for that type of image and then insert a page break before and after the image and that way when this is exported out, to epub, it would then create a page break where that image just lives on the page by itself.
You can un-check that box to turn that off. Once you are finished inside of this Dialog Box just simply hit OK. All of those are now going to be a part of this Objects Style which is listed in your Objects Style Panel as Image Style and any time you need to apply either the effects that you've added or those export options to an image. In your document, or any other object for that matter, you can apply this object style and it will automatically take on all of those attributes that you set forth in the object style panel, a few moments ago. So again, this is just another way to give you more control over individual objects in your document and also to make sure that your EPUBs look really, really good and exactly like you want them to. As you export them out of Adobe InDesign.
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