November 17, 2009 / Fall 2009 / InDesign

In Step with InDesign: Using object styles

Written by Idea File Staff

Object Styles allow you to quickly format attributes such as fill, stroke, transparency and shadow to any object, including type. The purpose of this tool is to help you maintain a consistency to specific objects throughout your yearbook. Here, create an Object Style that can be applied to all the division page titles in your yearbook.

1. Create the object/text that will have the attributes of the new Object Style, in this case, three text blocks with section titles.

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2. With one of the titles selected, click on New Object Style from the Object Styles palette. Name the style Division Page Titles.

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3. With the New Object Style dialog box still open, add a drop shadow to the object style by clicking on Drop Shadow in the list located in the lower left side of the box. You can set the opacity, distance and size of the shadow, depending on your preference. Note that as long as the preview box in the lower left corner is checked, you will be able to instantly see the adjustments you make.

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4. Now add a bevel and emboss to the object style. Customize the adjustments to your preference.

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5. When you have added all your desired attributes, click OK. The new Object Style called Division Page Titles will be added to the list in the Object Styles palette. You always have the option to adjust the settings of your object style after it has been created.

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6. Apply the same Object Style to the remaining two text blocks by selecting each one and then clicking on Division Page Titles from the Object Styles palette.

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Think about all of the objects and text that you will be repeating throughout your yearbook and consider creating multiple Object Styles for them.

Idea File Staff

Idea File Staff reports are posts compiled by the Walsworth Yearbooks Marketing Department, covering a wide range of yearbook topics.