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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.
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Alright, as promised, a couple of anchored object tid bits coming your way. These are a couple of tricks that are designed to help eliminate some of the pain and tears that you might run into. I am going to go ahead and notice I have this H that I went ahead and anchored in the previous exercise. I have got it selected here with the black arrow tool and there is a little Yen symbol that we can see. A little hidden character that indicates the spot to which the H is anchored. So I am going to press the Backspace key or the Delete key and notice not only does the H go away but my little Yen sign goes away as well.
So the entire anchor has been eliminated. Now don't worry, I did just delete it, but I still have the H in the keyboard. If I press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac you can see there it is still. Alright, so we are going to redo the anchor actually. I am going to go ahead and select the Text tool and click in front of sans and I will go up to the Object menu, choose Anchored Object and choose Insert and replay the modifications I applied before. So I have got a Width of 6p6 there. I don't care about the Height value. I am going to save Relative to Spine.
This guy is the point I want to select. This reference point is fine, Relative To Text Frame. We need 1p6 for the X Offset value. I am going to change Y-Relative to Line Cap Height and the rest of the options are fine as is, click OK. Comes in with the stroke, darn it. Press the Slash key to get rid of that stroke. Then, let's say for some reason I switch to my Black Arrow tool and I accidentally click off the frame. How in a heck, do I now paste the H in that frame when I can't even see where it is? I can sit there and click all over the place, but I can't find it unless I just accidentally stumble on it.
Or the other option is do a Marquee and you might find it that way. It is there in other words. An even better way to work, I will click off it again so we can see it's totally transparent at this point. What you want to do is go up to the View menu and choose this command, Show Frame Edges, or you can press Control+H, Command+H on the Mac and that will show you your frame edges and also because I have hidden characters turned on, I can see that little anchor right there and that shows me that this is the spot where the Anchored Object is going.
It's anchored to the Yen symbol, but this is the anchor itself. Now if I click on this frame outline, you have to click on the outline because there is No Fill then press Ctrl+Alt+V or Command+Option+V to access that Paste Into command, you can see that it goes right there into the frame just as it is supposed to. Then I go ahead and Fit Frame to Content like so and everything is hunky dory once again. Now, the other little trick I wanted to show you is in addition to viewing the frame, which is really great idea when you are working with Anchored Objects.
Another good idea is to go up to the View menu and choose this command Show Text Threads, which you can get by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Y or Command+Option+Y on a Mac. That will show you a little dotted line between the Anchored Object and the Anchor point inside of your text. So just an easy way to track what's going on. Now, I typically leave Frame Edges turned on like I have them here and then I just Show Threads every once in a while. So I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+Y or Command+Option+Y again to turn that thread off. It's just a little thick and it covers up so much stuff.
I don't like to have it on, on a regular basis. I will turn it back on again. All that stuff goes away when you press the W key to switch into the Preview mode. When you are in a Preview mode, you are not going to see the frame edges or that dotted thread line or any of the guides either. You are just going to see a clean page. You are only going to see something when you have it selected like so. Alright, just something to bear in mind. I am going to press the W key to bring everything back and then I am going to press Ctrl+Alt+Y or Command+Option+Y on the Mac to hide that dotted thread. In the next exercise, we are going to generate an Object Style that is going to automate the creation of these Anchored Objects.
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