Adobe InDesign CS4 Styles book cover

Tap into the far-reaching potential of InDesign styles—from simple drop cap formatting to cross-media export to XHTML. Styles have the power to transform how design and production professionals approach and accomplish any project. Adopting a style-centric workflow can reduce tasks that would normally take days to mere hours, and tasks that would take hours to minutes or even seconds. Less time spent on repetitive tasks means more time for creating your best work.

This book explores every InDesign style to reveal its full potential. Throughout each chapter, you’ll pick up many tips and best practices gleaned from real-world experience. Two bonus chapters, “Stroke Styles” and “Project Planning with Styles in Mind” are available for download.

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InDesign CS4 Styles was also issued as a French language edition (Les Styles Sous Adobe InDesign CS4) and won an Award of Excellence (Trade Professional) at the 39th annual Booksbuilders West Book Show in 2010.

Below is the table of contents for the print version. Adobe InDesign CS4 Styles is also available as an ePub.

Chapter 1 The Fundamentals: Paragraph and Character Styles

  • Character Style Attributes
  • Paragraph Style Attributes
  • Working with Paragraph and Character Styles

Chapter 2 Nesting and Sequencing Styles

  • Nested Styles
  • Advanced Nesting Techniques
  • Nested Line Styles
  • Paragraph Styles in Sequence: The Next Style Option
  • Establishing Relationships: Based-on Styles

Chapter 3 Automatic Styling with GREP

  • GREP Styles vs. Nested Styles
  • Metacharacters
  • Creating a GREP Style
  • Defining Expressions for GREP Styles
  • Chapter 4 Auto-styling Imported Word and Excel Files
  • Working with Word Files
  • Working with Excel Files

Chapter 5 Object Styles

  • One-stop Shopping for Attributes
  • Default Object Styles
  • Similarities Between Object Styles and Text Styles
  • Differences Between Object Styles and Text Styles
  • Combining Paragraph Styles and Object Styles
  • Flexible Object Styles Every InDesign User Should Have

Chapter 6 Table and Cell Styles

  • Table Styling
  • Table Styles vs. Cell Styles
  • Working with Table Style Limitations
  • Maintaining Links and Updating Tables

Chapter 7 Drop Caps, Bullets, and Numbering

  • Drop Caps
  • Bullets and Numbering

Chapter 8 Advanced Find/Change with Styles

  • Finding and Changing Text Styles
  • GREP Find/Change vs. GREP Styles
  • Saving Queries
  • Advanced Style-based Search Techniques
  • Find/Change for Objects

Chapter 9 Generating Dynamic Content with Styles

  • Tables of Contents
  • Running Header Text Variables
  • Cross-references

Chapter 10 Styles, CSS, and XML

  • Export for Dreamweaver
  • Styles and XML
  • Importing XML
  • XSLT: Styles on Steroids

Chapter 11 Style Management

  • Style Organization Basics
  • Style Groups
  • Quick Apply
  • Managing Styles Across Documents

Stroke Styles

  • Creating New Stroke Styles
  • Saving Stroke Styles
  • Modifying and Deleting Stroke Styles
  • Sharing Stroke Styles
  • Stroke Style Easter Eggs

Planning Projects with Styles in Mind

  • Style Triage
  • Creating “Undefined” Styles
  • Power-apply Your Styles
  • Redefine, Redefine, Redefine