InDesign CS3 One-on-One: Style Sheets
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The power of the local override


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Video: The power of the local override

In this final exercise of the chapter, I am going to fix this problem in the right hand list, where we have numbers instead of letters. We want numbers in the left hand list, but letters in the right hand list. I could accomplish this feat incidentally by changing the Paragraph Style that's associated with these items. You could go over to the Paragraph Styles palette and notice this Song list style right there. I can double click on it, in order to edit the list and make sure that the Preview checkbox is turned on, so you can see what you are doing down here in the lower left hand corner of the dialog box.
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  1. 45m 34s
    1. How style automation works and why every file needs it
      2m 26s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys shortcuts
      3m 58s
    3. Meet the Eyedropper tool
      2m 12s
    4. Using the "loaded" Eyedropper
      2m 23s
    5. Loading new attributes
      1m 33s
    6. Lifting some attributes (and not others)
      4m 18s
    7. Eyedropper FYIs
      4m 51s
    8. The five kinds of style sheets
      3m 17s
    9. Meet the paragraph style
      2m 45s
    10. Applying the Find/Change command
      3m 41s
    11. The style sheet domino effect
      4m 10s
    12. Meet the object style
      4m 18s
    13. Appending a paragraph style to an object style
      2m 5s
    14. The power of the local override
      3m 37s
  2. 29m 56s
    1. The most common and useful style sheet
      40s
    2. Creating a paragraph style
      3m 56s
    3. The Paragraph Style Options dialog box
      3m 55s
    4. Assigning a keypad shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. The better way to create a style
      1m 29s
    6. Basing one style on another
      3m 15s
    7. Assigning a Next Style setting
      2m 30s
    8. Creating a closed style loop
      1m 39s
    9. Using the Quick Apply function
      3m 29s
    10. Formatting an entire story in one click
      2m 43s
    11. Auto-formatting as you type
      3m 12s
  3. 20m 41s
    1. Style sheets are dynamic
      38s
    2. Changing the font for multiple style sheets
      4m 29s
    3. Updating a shared attribute
      2m 23s
    4. Type style, skew, and tracking
      4m 12s
    5. Clearing and integrating local overrides
      3m 5s
    6. Removing widows with Balance Ragged Lines
      2m 47s
    7. Additional tricks for clearing overrides
      3m 7s
  4. 35m 9s
    1. Styling words, numbers, and symbols
      1m 15s
    2. Organizing style sheets
      6m 14s
    3. Character styles protect overrides
      5m 21s
    4. Creating a character style
      3m 44s
    5. Prioritizing style sheet shortcuts
      5m 23s
    6. Applying your new character style
      2m 50s
    7. Updating two styles in one pass
      4m 23s
    8. When in doubt, be obsessive
      5m 59s
  5. 1h 17m
    1. Character styles on steroids
      1m 15s
    2. Repeating style elements
      3m 59s
    3. Establishing a nested style
      3m 32s
    4. Setting the range of a nested style
      4m 3s
    5. Troubleshooting the nested range
      6m 49s
    6. Assigning automatic numbers
      2m 13s
    7. Assigning automatic bullets
      4m 49s
    8. Starting and restarting numbered sequences
      4m 15s
    9. Nesting a number or bullet style
      4m 45s
    10. Setting precise guidelines
      6m 23s
    11. Right-aligning numbers
      7m 31s
    12. Center-aligning bullets
      4m 9s
    13. Auto-numbering figures
      3m 0s
    14. Creating a custom Number setting
      4m 18s
    15. Specifying a chapter number
      3m 9s
    16. Numbering across threaded frames
      4m 4s
    17. Using a "list" to number across stories
      4m 28s
    18. What you can and can't do
      4m 36s
  6. 53m 12s
    1. If you make tables, listen up
      1m 0s
    2. A tale of two tables: Introducing the document
      2m 15s
    3. Creating a cell style
      5m 8s
    4. Adjusting the Inset values
      3m 36s
    5. Formatting the body of a table
      4m 22s
    6. Creating and applying column styles
      5m 32s
    7. Creating an all-inclusive table style
      4m 42s
    8. Converting and styling a table
      4m 48s
    9. Fixing formatting errors
      4m 20s
    10. Fixing row height and column width
      5m 24s
    11. An argument for independent cell styles
      2m 33s
    12. Making a dependent cell style
      3m 25s
    13. Selectively applying a cell style
      6m 7s
  7. 1h 10m
    1. The convergence of very nearly everything
      1m 18s
    2. Updating a style from the Find Font command
      4m 23s
    3. Step, Repeat, and Distribute
      4m 57s
    4. Adding text; removing style
      3m 2s
    5. Object-level formatting attributes
      3m 48s
    6. Creating an object style
      3m 42s
    7. Creating paired paragraph styles
      6m 27s
    8. Nesting paired paragraph styles
      3m 8s
    9. Inline and above line graphics
      5m 18s
    10. Creating an anchored object
      6m 29s
    11. Viewing frames and threads
      3m 52s
    12. Creating an anchored object style
      3m 48s
    13. Establishing anchored object defaults
      3m 44s
    14. Problems? Fit the frame to the contents
      4m 35s
    15. Employing a highly selective object style
      5m 27s
    16. The best way to anchor objects
      2m 23s
    17. Moving and anchoring text and objects
      4m 4s
  8. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Replicating formatting attributes with the Eyedropper tool
  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Formatting stories with New Style and Quick Apply
  • Understanding and exploiting local overrides
  • Augmenting text with character styles
  • Employing nested and numbered styles
  • Using a "list" to number across stories
  • Working with table and cell styles
  • Creating and employing object styles
  • Automating whole page designs with anchored object styles
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Deke McClelland

The power of the local override

In this final exercise of the chapter, I am going to fix this problem in the right hand list, where we have numbers instead of letters. We want numbers in the left hand list, but letters in the right hand list. I could accomplish this feat incidentally by changing the Paragraph Style that's associated with these items. You could go over to the Paragraph Styles palette and notice this Song list style right there. I can double click on it, in order to edit the list and make sure that the Preview checkbox is turned on, so you can see what you are doing down here in the lower left hand corner of the dialog box.

Then I want you to switch to this guy right there, Bullets and Numbering, and notice that format is currently set to 1234. I'm going to move my dialog box over to the right, so we can see what we are doing. I'm going to change it from 1234 to ABCD capitalized and right away, I take care of the problem in the right hand list by- I introduced a new problem in the left hand list, which gets letters instead of numbers. So there is no winning this battle by changing the overall structure of the Paragraph Style. I am going to go and press the Escape key, in order to escape out of that dialog box, I cud of course have clicked the Cancel button as well.

Instead of what I want to do is I want to look apply a local override to the right hand list. I am going to do that with my trusty black arrow tool, I am going to go ahead and click on the right hand list to select it. Then I am going to go up to the Type menu and I am going to choose the Paragraph command right there to bring up the Paragraph palette. InDesign has gone ahead and automatically added it to the bottom of my palette columns like so, I am going to go ahead and drag those palettes over here instead because I think that's a better location for them. I'll click on that little backward P that represents the Paragraph palette and I am going to go to this little menu right there, see that little icon represents a palette menu.

I'll click on it, and I will choose this command right there, Bullets and Numbering. That's going to bring up a dialog box. It's very similar to the panel we just saw a moment ago, but it affects just the Bullets and Numbering associated with this text block and nothing more. I am going to change its format from 1234 to ABCD and I will go ahead and turn on Preview, so I can make sure that I am getting it right. I am. Notice that I am affecting just the selected type and not the rest of the type, not the left hand column. I'll go ahead and click OK in order to make that modification. Now if I switch back over here, I'll go ahead and double-click in this text right here in order to switch from the black arrow tool to the Type tool, so that I have gone ahead and highlighted this paragraph a little bit, or at least added the blinking insertion marker to that text.

I'll drag over some of my text just to make sure that I have a variety of paragraphs selected. Then I'll switch to the Paragraph Styles palette and you can see that the Song list item is still active, but notice next to it, it has a little plus sign and that shows that I have a local override right there applied it to said text, to the selected text, and that local override of course happens to be the fact that I've got ABCD applied to the text, instead of 1234. There you have it folks. I'm going to go ahead and press the Enter key on a keypad, you could also press the Escape key if you want to, to apply your changes. I'm going to go and zoom out a little bit to take in more of the page at a time.

I'm going to hide that palette and I'm going to press that W key you might be familiar with that keyboard shortcut, that one you should definitely memorize. The W key switches you in and out of the Preview mode. Right now, we want to switch in to the Preview mode so we can see our properly styled tables here down in a lower right hand region of the page, all of the results are a combination of character and paragraph and Object Styles working together. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, people. There is so much more you can do, if you will only join me starting in Chapter 2 of this series.

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