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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.
Now that you're familiar with character styles and paragraph styles, it's time to talk about object styles. Yes, that's right; you can define an object style that, with a single click, will apply all sorts of object formatting, such as fill, and stroke, transparency effects, and more. Let's make an object style in this document from the exercise files folder. I'll select one of the images, and I'll apply some formatting to it as an example. For instance, I'll apply a stroke; let's just do a nice little thin half-point stroke around this. Let's also apply a drop shadow.
It's always fun to have a drop shadow, though I don't need one quite that big. Let's say 3 points instead. Add a little noise; love adding noise. Click OK, and now we've got a drop shadow. And finally, why don't we give this a little rounded corner on the edge? I'll click that little yellow box, and then I'll Shift+Click on the upper right corner diamond, and drag that in, and you can see that now I've got a rounded corner just on that edge. Let's zoom in here, so we can see, and I'll press the W key to go into Preview mode. Yeah, that looks pretty good; I like it.
Let's make an object style based on that. I'll select it; open my Object Styles panel. Of course, if you don't have your Object Styles panel, make sure you're in Advanced workspace. Now I'm going to create a new object style by going to the Object Styles panel flyout menu, and choose New Object Style. I'll give it a name. Now, it's hard to tell at first, but all the formatting that I applied to that object is pulled up here into this dialog box, because I had it selected on the page. For example, the Stroke; there is my half-point black stroke, and my Stroke & Corner Options show that the upper right corner is rounded.
It even shows the Drop shadow down here. So I'll click OK, and then click on the object style to make sure it's applied to that object. Next time I want to apply that object style, I simply select the frame, come over here, and click on cool images. All that formatting is now applied there. Let's zoom back with a Command+Opt+0 or Control+Alt+0, and select some more images. I'll grab all these images on this page; with one click, the formatting is applied to all of them. Of course, just like paragraph and character Styles, it's really easy to edit these styles.
To do that, I right+click, or Control+Click with a one-button mouse, right on the name. I choose Edit, and then I change the Object Style Options dialog box. For example, let's change the Stroke. Why don't we make it some other color, like orange, make it thicker, and then I'll change the Type to something crazy, like Wavy. When I click OK, I can see that change reflected in all the frames that have that object style applied to them. If you care about consistency and efficiency, you're really going to love using object styles. It makes laying out your documents a breeze.
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