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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.
Our fifth variety of Style Sheet, Object Styles, allow you to save any combination of effects and graphic attributes that you can apply to an object or frame. An Object Style may include a Paragraph Style definition, which in turn may contain a nested character style or two, as well as frame level attributes such as Fill, Stroke, Transparency, Frame Margin, Text Wrap, and Anchored Object settings. And it can be applied just as easily to a text block, an imported graphic or a drawing created inside InDesign.
Object Styles may not include cell or Table Styles, but otherwise they represent the culmination of everything we've learned so far. In this exercise, you'll learn how to create Object Styles that include embedded Paragraph Styles so you can create precise text frame effects, and format the text inside the frames in one fell swoop. We'll also get a sense for how to automate the layout of really an entire document with the help of Anchored Objects, once again, saved as Object Styles.
Download these exercises to your brain and you are officially a lean, mean page layout machine. Get yourself rechargeable battery and a solar panel and you'll be a green, lean.... Let me show you what I mean.
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