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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, so I am working inside of this partially styled list right here and I don't want you to style the entire list by the way. I want you to leave some items unstyled. So you can see the miracle of Object Styles that's coming up here and incidentally if you want to catch up with me, I am working inside of a document called Partially styled.indd, that's found inside of the 01_Introduction folder. I'd like to give you catch up documents every once in a while just in case you want to start at a different point in the exercises or you are having problems getting things to work and you just want to catch up with me.
I have gone ahead and styled the first six items here inside of my lyric list, using the song list titles. If I were to go ahead and double click inside of this third item right here, 'she's going to get you from behind,' which goes with 'Devil Woman' incidentally, and I were to bring up the Paragraph Styles dialog box, you can see that it is styled to Song list. Not only have I applied all these formatting attributes, but I have also created a link between the styled text and the Paragraph Style here inside of the palette. Which means that if I decide to update that Paragraph Style, I will update all text to which I have assigned the Paragraph Style in kind, which is heck of a trick by the way.
So I am going to go ahead and just press the Escape key to escape out of that text and incidentally notice I am pressing the Escape key this time, instead of the Enter key on the keypad to accomplish this. That's because I didn't do anything. Now pressing the Escape makes sense, I think. Anyway, I am going to go ahead and click off my text to make it inactive and this is helpful. You want to make sure that no text is active when you are going to start editing a Paragraph Style inside of the Paragraph Styles palette because otherwise you are going to assign that Paragraph Style to the selected item. So it's best to have nothing selected at all.
Then I am going to go ahead and double click on Song list and let's say what I want to change is I want to change the color of the numbers. I want the one and the period to be set in violet to match the headline text and to match the background as well, rather than black. So I am going to go ahead and check out here inside the Paragraph Style Options dialog box that I was able to open by double clicking on the Song list item right there, I am going to check out this item right here, Bullets and Numbering. Now I realize I am going way to fast. I am throwing all the stuff at you, just bear with me it's going to make total sense in subsequent chapters, but I just want to give you a feel for how much you can accomplish here inside of these various dialog boxes.
Now notice right there inside of this big huge panel, inside of this dialog box, there is this item that's called Character Style, which is the style, the Character Style that's assigned to the numbers in the list. Notice right now, it's set to violet text and its like, ah, so why is the text black, if it's set to violet text? Well, in order to answer that question, we need to check out the Character Style itself. So we need to go to the Character Styles palette. So let's get out of this dialog box by clicking on the Cancel button and now I am going to switch over to the Character Styles palette by going to the Type menu and choosing Character Styles or pressing Shift+F11 and that's going to bring up this Character Styles palette right there.
Notice that's just one Character Style- Violet text. Let's go ahead and double click on it and I am going to switch down here to Character Color and that's our culprit, it's just calling this style Violet text isn't enough. I need to actually go ahead and format it with violet. I kind of overlooked that. So let's go ahead and switch that up by clicking on this color right here, which is C-50 M-100 Y-0 K-15. So this is a swatch that exists inside the Swatches palette. Then I'll go ahead and click OK and notice just like that I changed all of my numbers to violet.
Because not only did I update the Violet text Character Style, but I also updated in kind the Song list Paragraph Style, which had the Violet text Character Style built into it and by direct consequence, I went ahead and updated all text that was styled with song list as well. So you can see this cascading domino effect of wonderful automation that's associated with style sheets. I know I am throwing this at you too quickly. I understand that, you know I understand that. In subsequent chapters, I am going to make it right, believe me.
In the next exercise, however, we are going to ahead and style this entire list using an Object Style. Stick with me.
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