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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.
If you have ever tried to craft a table, whether a tabbed list or an actual table that comprises rows and columns of cells, you know it takes some effort. Fortunately, you table makers are in luck. New to InDesign CS3 is the ability to save cell and table styles, which like other style sheets we've seen, can spare you ages of repetitive and tedious work. Note that I mentioned two kinds of style sheets, Cell Styles, which effect individual cells, those row column intersections, and Table Styles which effect entire tables.
Cell Styles get nested inside Table Styles, so it makes the most sense to create the Cell Styles first and then wrap them into an overarching Table Style. In the following exercises, we will do precisely that. Along the way, I will show you how to use these style sheets to refine the formatting of one table and transfer that formatting goodness to another table. If you are like me, you will be flat out amazed by what you can automate, and what you can't.
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