Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up paragraph styles, part 1, part of Designing an Illustrated Book.
- So, having finished our master pages, we can now move to the document pages, and get some content in here. So, let's go to pages four and five, and let's make sure that we are on the Text layer. Now, what I'm going to be doing, let's just take a look at the finished version, and this movie is going over the creation of these styles. And very important to the approach that I have taken is the Span Columns command, because this is actually a five column text frame.
And if the text were confined to one of those five columns, it would be completely unreadable. So, what we have going on is column spans that affect-- this is going on across all five, and so is this, and so is this. This is spanning two columns, and this is spanning three columns. The text is going to look a bit strange to begin with, but once we get these styles set up, it's going to make it so easy to apply to each of the recipes, and everything will just fall into place really nicely.
So, bear with me, because things might look worse before they look better. Before I do that, I want to create a Text Frame that has five columns, and that has Optical Margin Alignment applied to it, and I'm going to create an Object Style for that. I'm also going to add that to the library, so that we can easily place that on pages as and when we need it. So, I'll tap f to go to my Frame tool, and draw myself a frame across five columns, t to go to my Type tool, click inside it to make it into a Text Frame.
Then, I'll come to my Paragraph Formats, which gives me access to Column Divider. I'm going to make that five columns, Gutter Space of 30. I'll come down here to my Story panel, if you don't see your Story panel its under the Type menu, and I'll turn on Optical Margin Alignment. Now, a lot of things I'm doing here, you're not going to see the benefit of until a bit later on, but it just does make our life a whole lot easier to set these things up early on.
So, here's a case in point, we're not going to see the benefit of the Optical Margin Alignment, which will push any punctuation that's at the edge slightly beyond the edge, it's just going to improve the appearance of our text. We're not going to see that until we actually have some text. So, with the frame now selected, I will come to my Object Styles, create a new Object Style, and I'll call this, "5 column text frame" and then I'll come to my Libraries, and I'll add that as a Library item, called, "5 column text frame" Now, the reason I've done that is so that when we move to another page, I can just drag that out, alt + click and I've got it exactly in position.
And the reason I'm using this approach, rather than placing text frames on the master page, and making them into primary text frames is that for the type of book that I'm working with where it's all, sort of divided into sections, and each of those sections are relatively discrete, it's going to look better this way, rather than trying to establish a continuous text flow, and possibly getting into trouble when we want to change the order of the pages.
Okay, so next, I'm going to place some text, cmd or ctrl + d, and I just want to place any one of these recipes from the text folder, to sort of use this as my template, if you will. Now, this book is not yet finished. There are going to be more recipes added, but all of the elements of the book are in place, so once we get this down, it's just a question of repetition.
I'll go with the first one, that's as good as any. As I said, it's going to look weird to begin with. Bear with me, we'll pick this up in the next movie.
- Setting up the document
- Creating layers and a grid
- Building a color palette
- Adding master pages
- Setting up paragraph styles and GREP styles
- Creating and placing images
- Designing the cover
- Adding an infographic
- Creating section heads, footers, and a table of contents
- Exporting a PDF and an EPUB