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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.
In this chapter, we will take a look at the most commonly used and oldest variety of style sheet, Paragraph Styles, which effect entire paragraphs of text at a time. You'll learn how to create Paragraph Styles based on the formatting of selected text and assign shortcuts to the styles, so you can apply them in a flash. You will even learn how to base one style on another and specify the next style that InDesign applies, the one it uses when you begin a new paragraph. If you think that's slick, and you will, you will be bowled over when you apply three different styles to a sequence of paragraphs and thereby format an entire story with one right-click.
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