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The Non-Designer’s InDesign Book: Essential design techniques for print projects by Robin Williams

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6. Style Sheets

Style sheets allow you to label, or tag, text with a style name. That style name calls on the style sheet to tell the text exactly what form to take. For instance, you might want all headings in your 24-page brochure to be 18-point Garamond Bold in small caps. So you create the style sheet, or definition, and as you build the brochure, you apply that style sheet (with a click) to all the headings so the formatting just appears as you type. Then your boss tells you, “No, no! The headings must be 16-point Myriad Black.” No need to put a hex on your boss—you merely change the style sheet definition and all the headings that had that style applied will instantly change.

Style sheets have got to be the most wonderful invention since ...

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