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52 - Advanced Paragraph Styles In Adobe InDesign CC


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Matt Gibble - 7 months ago

i got this csv file that i would like automatically apply a style to all the headings (which are the car makes) is that possible and how do i do it?

Administrator Daniel Scott - 7 months ago

Hey Matt, I can't think of a way unfortunately. InDesign struggles when there isn't a pattern e.g. 4 years & the the model repeating. Grep styles is the place where you might find some help. You might ask a question of these people. They are pretty hard core with InDesign Scripts & Grep: http://www.indiscripts.com/

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Video Transcription

Hi there, in this video we're going to show you how this blue stuff appears. Basically it's showing me where all my overrides are in my Paragraph Styles. When we make an adjustment, it becomes blue, really obvious to see. Great for Pre-press, let's learn how to do that now in InDesign.

So this is quick and easy, but there's a couple of little things you need to do. First of all we need to wreck our Paragraph Style. Let's say, over here, I'm going to play around with the Tracking. So I've just adjusted the Tracking a little bit, using my 'Option-Right', or 'Alt-Right' on a PC. Other thing I might have changed is, let's say I've gone and adjusted this one to Italics. There's this weird little font size going on, where it's '0.1'. We're just kind of adjusting a few little things to wreck it.

Now the trick is, with my Black Arrow, I'm going to click off, I'm going to click on this option here. And this little option is the magic one, it just shows me all my overrides, but it's not going to work if I'm in preview mode, so I have to tap 'W'. You can see here, it's showing me everything highlighted really clearly that has an override.

Overrides are, if I click in here, you can see, it's got a little '+' symbol. This is really good if your job is kind of Pre-press, or checking other people's work. You must easily click on this to see if there's anything broken. I do it all the time where I accidentally do a bit of Tracking. You don't really notice it. It kind of carries on, and you copy and paste this text over here, and you start using it to start with, but we know if you've used the wrong Tracking or the wrong Leading lots in the document. This little cue here just shows you what has changed.

You might be doing this because you've turned this on by accident, and you're like, "Why is everything blue?" You might just be learning how to turn it off. The exact same thing works in Character Styles. You turn it on once there, it's on both of them. So you kind of really turn both of them on. And it's the same here, if I play with the Tracking, you can see, I've broken it. That's a little advance feature for Paragraph Styles.

All right, let's look at some more exciting styles in the next video.

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