Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video What are styles and why should I use them?, part of Learning InDesign CS5: Styles.
Hi, my name is Chad Chelius. And in this workshop, I'm going to teach you all about Styles in InDesign. I'll be using InDesign CS5 to show you these features. But the majority of the concepts and examples used in this workshop will apply to previous versions of InDesign as well. I'm often asked the question from designers who have been using Page Layout for years, why use Styles? They've made it all this time without ever having to touch Styles, so why should they care now? Well, Styles allow you to quickly, efficiently, and consistently format text, objects, and tables within an InDesign document.
All documents can benefit from the use of Styles, with the exception of those rare documents that are extremely unstructured in nature. InDesign contains many different types of Styles. In this video workshop, we'll be creating this brochure for a kid's snowboarding camp. As you can see, there are six pages, and it's simply a brochure with a gatefold that opens up to see the content inside. In this video, I'll show you how to apply Table Styles. By simply selecting an unformatted table, I can apply a Table Style to completely format the appearance of that table.
I'll be showing you Paragraph Styles as well. We'll be applying Paragraph Styles to give our brochure a consistent appearance. With a click of a button, I can select a range of paragraphs and simply apply formatting to multiple paragraphs at a time. In addition, I'll show you how to apply Nested Styles. By selecting a range of text and applying a unique style to it, I can really get creative in my formatting. I'll show you how to apply Object Styles.
I have a sidebar over here. And with the click of a button, I can format that sidebar the way that I want it to appear. And I'll be showing you GREP Styles. GREP Styles makes it very easy for me to format my content so that all of my text is formatted in a certain way. You can see that if I select this range of text and I apply the Events Style, that it is now formatting the dates for me automatically.
I'll also be showing you Character Styles. Character Styles are a way that I can select a range of text and apply unique formatting to only that certain area of text. Styles are even more important when working in documents where new content is often brought in, but requires standard formatting. In addition, several features within InDesign depend on the fact that you've used styles in your document. Including text variables, the table of contents feature, conditional formatting, captions, cross references, and footnotes, and much, much more. I'm really looking forward to showing you all of these great features in this workshop.
Let's take a closer look.
- What are styles and why should I use them?
- Setting up and applying styles
- Dealing with style overrides
- Text styles
- Object styles
- Table styles
- Using style groups
- Sharing styles between documents