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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.
Alright gang, let's put an end to this document once and for all. In these next couple of exercises we're going to be highlighting the highlights. That is to say, we're going to be using yet another Cell Style to highlight what I consider to be the best songs on this two CD collection. The idea is that not only can you employ Cell Styles inside of a Table Style, but you can also apply them independently to individual cells if you like. So I have gone ahead and created a Paragraph Style in advance. Actually I have created a couple of things that we'll need in advance.
One of them is a group of swatches, so if you go to the Swatches palette, which you can get as you may recall by pressing the F5 key. You'll see that I have got this swatch called Radio 1 red and if you hover over it you'll see the CMYK ingredients. And then I have got Radio 1 pink and I have got 55-word review green- that's the green that appears in the headline here in the star rating. And Title beige that's the header for the table right there, and then Highlights. Highlights is the red that will actually be using to highlight the songs.
Actually we'll be using in combination of that Highlights color right there and the Radio 1 red color. We'll be using Radio 1 red to highlight the strokes around the cells. Then we've also got here, if you go to the Paragraph Style palette, which you can bring up by pressing the F11 key, you'll see that I have got this style right here called Highlight color. The Highlight color by the way just goes and changes the color of the text to that Highlight red that we just saw just a moment ago. Now, it could grab my Type tool. Oops, actually look the Paragraph Styles palette is active for me here, so as soon as I press T it went ahead and selected the Table title style.
If I go ahead and click off of the palette and then press the T I'll switch to the Type tool. Just in the case you are wondering what's going on when you are trying to select tools inside of InDesign. Now I could grab Betcha by Golly Wow!, which my producer Max was telling me was the dumbest name for a song he's ever heard. That is if you have not heard the song. That's an awesome song, it's by the Stylistics remember it? Betcha by Golly Wow! Blah, blah, blah, I can't remember the lyrics but anyways it's a really great song. I am going to go ahead and highlight it by clicking on Highlight color. That goes ahead and highlights the text.
Notice that I'll go ahead and now press Ctrl+Shift+A or Command+Shift+A on the Mac to deselect the text, but it doesn't highlight the cell. I want the cell to have a red stroke around it. I also want the cell to have something of a translucent white background associated with it as well. So what we need to do is set up a Cell Style, and we're going to set up that Cell Style, but of course in the next exercise.
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