InDesign Styles in Depth

with Michael Murphy
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InDesign Styles in Depth
Video duration: 0s 5h 1m Intermediate


InDesign Styles in Depth covers the ins and outs of styles, a time-saving set of features that allows designers to maximize efficiency in InDesign. This course covers text styles, table and cell styles, object styles, and every feature in InDesign that is improved by the use of styles. Author Michael Murphy explores the use of character versus paragraph styles as well as advanced text formatting with nested styles, multi-level lists, table manipulation, cross-references, and creating a table of contents. The course also covers how to map styles upon import and export, whether taking documents to the Web with HTML and CSS, publishing them as EPUBs, or distributing them as PDFs.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a style-centric workspace
  • Creating relationships between paragraph styles
  • Using Quick Apply to apply styles
  • Using GREP styles to automate text formatting
  • Connecting paragraphs with Keep Options
  • Creating, applying, and modifying object styles
  • Maintaining links between styled tables and external data
  • Applying styles with Find/Change
  • Working with text variables
  • Resolving missing font problems in styles
  • Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles
  • Export tagging styles for EPUB, HTML, and PDF


Hi! I am Michael Murphy and I'd like to welcome you to InDesign Styles in Depth. Styles are a feature that I use everyday and with each new version they get better and more powerful. Most of this course is compatible with CS4, CS5, and CS5.5. I'll let you know when there are any exceptions. We'll start off with the basics of creating paragraph and character styles and build up two advanced formatting options, like nested styles and grep styles that are designed to boost productivity and efficiency.

Next, we'll move on to objects styles, table styles and cell styles, and see how these style types work together to save you time. We'll explore how styles can be used to generate automated headers, tables of contents and cross-references and we'll look at how we can take our styles beyond print to HTML and EPUB. If you're ready to take a look at one of InDesign's most powerful features, let's get started with InDesign Styles in Depth.

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