Lesson 4: Using Styles to Save Time


Styles make it easy to create consistent designs with text and objects. Styles also help you to simplify adjustments to the formatting of text and objects. By using styles, you can update text or objects across an entire document in a single step.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • Creating and applying paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Using nested styles
  • Updating and editing styles
  • Importing styles from other InDesign documents
  • Using Quick Apply
  • Building a GREP style
  • Organizing styles

Starting up

Before starting, make sure that your tools and panels are consistent by resetting your preferences. See “Resetting the InDesign workspace and preferences” in the Starting up section of this book.

In this lesson, you will work with several files from the id04lessons folder in this lesson. Make sure that you have copied the idlessons folder onto your hard drive from www.digitalclassroombooks.com/epub/indesigncc. See “Loading lesson files” in the Starting up section of this book. This lesson may be easier to follow if the id04lessons folder is on your desktop.

The project

You will use paragraph, character, and object styles to enhance the appearance of a two-page recipe layout and gain an understanding of how Styles make the design process more efficient.

Creating styles saves a significant amount of time and effort as you design ...

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