Skill Level Intermediate
- [Instructor] Looking through a book of vintage album covers, I came across this and I thought, that would make a great type tip. I love the alternating colors, the color palette in general, and the way the baselines are slightly uneven. Here's couple of other examples of the alternating color in the headlines. So of course, it's easy to do the alternating color manually, just selecting characters one-by-one. But what if we were to, in InDesign, use GREP styles and nested styles to apply this.
So I found a website to randomly generate me a blues name and this is what I came up with. And this is my result. Let me show you how I got there. I'm going to start with this. So I'd just like to show you the different components that I have, first of all. So there is a paragraph style called head applied to this first paragraph. And then another paragraph style based on head, applied to the venue.
And I have four character styles, three of them are colors, off-white, gray, and green, and then the third is a baseline shift. And that will just move the baseline up by 10 points. Now I could just select the characters one-by-one and apply these. But let's do it in a more randomized and more automated way than that. So I'm going to come and edit the head style to begin with. Actually, I'm going to leave that and just move this over to the left so that we can see what's going on while I make these changes.
First of all, to the nested styles. New nested style, and I'm going to choose to do nothing for the first two characters. I'll add another and this is going to apply the baseline shift character style for the next one character. And you can see now that we've got a raised baseline on the third character of both of these paragraph styles because the venue is based upon the head.
Now, I am going to repeat those two styles. And we now have every third baseline shifted up. And it gives this lovely feeling of movement to the type. Next, I'll come back to the paragraph styles and this time, I'm going to go to the GREP styles. New GREP style, so I am going to add gray to my vowels. And I'm just arbitrarily picking this as a system.
So gray means vowels. And then I'll have another GREP style and I'm going to add the green and I'll choose some consonants, some consonants that repeat in the text. I should mention that the GREP styles are case-sensitive. And I'm typing them in in upper-case because that is how the text is typed. So there we have the result.
An interesting point here, I might want to just take this a little bit further and customize it a bit more. Let's say that this S here, I don't want that one to be in green so I'm going to select it and I'll come to my character styles and I'll apply the off-white to that. And the point there is that the character style will take precedence over the GREP style. Lastly, just to finish it off, well, two last things, the first of which is, I'm going to select that first line and just bump it up as much as I can before it falls out of the frame and then back off from that.
And then to complete it, I want to move the venue paragraph to the bottom of the text frame. Now I could just put my cursor in here and come and add some space before. But for some variety, let's try it in a different way. And I'm going to come to my text frame options and for the vertical justification, I will choose justify. Now when I do that, in order to achieve the vertical justification, and I'm generally not a fan of this feature but this is an interesting usage of it, we see that it's going to add in space between each of the lines.
Well, we don't want that because we want the first two lines, the first paragraph, kept together. So all I need do here is increase the paragraph spacing limit, make it a large number, in this case, a hundred millimeters is more than enough, and that will prevent any spacing being added between the lines and ensure that all of the extra spacing is added between the paragraphs. So there we see the application of nested styles, GREP styles, and a little vertical justification trick to achieve this vintage jazz album cover.