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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.
For “figure it out as I go” designers, embracing styles still allow you to work intuitively on the page. And this guide helps break preconceptions and bad habits transferred from less powerful page layout applications that keep new InDesign users from working in far more satisfying and productive ways.
Where InDesign is concerned, styles truly do equal substance.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and authoritative,
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This review is from: Adobe InDesign CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts (Paperback)This is now my authoritative reference for anything to do with InDesign styles. I'm always amazed at how much I don't know about this program after years of using it, and this book serves the intermediate/advanced InDesign user quite well. I hadn't even noticed grep styles in CS4 and I saved lots of work just reading the one chapter. There is additional online content too: Stroke Styles is the most thorough treatment of that subject I've found to date.
The book is really a great value if you have some InDesign experience. If you're new to InDesign, you should remember to get this book after you get comfortable, but there's too much assumed knowledge for the true beginner.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
In-depth advice for harnessing the power of InDesign's styles,
This review is from: Adobe InDesign CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts (Paperback)Michael Murphy is an experienced designer and an Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign. I have followed his video podcasts at www.theindesigner.com since early 2006 and benefited considerably from his comprehensive tutorials. Naturally, when his book, "Adobe InDesign Styles", was announced I had high expectations that it would prove to be a valuable resource. I was not disappointed.
Mr. Murphy's credo is that advanced planning, organizing and building effective InDesign styles -- especially nested styles -- will save time and money and lead to greater creative freedom. He makes his case in chapter after chapter, by taking the reader step by step through well-chosen, real-world examples. In the chapter on GREP styles Murphy not only sheds light on a new InDesign feature -- admittedly difficult for most designer's to comprehend -- but goes on to parse and build some very practical examples ready to put to work in any number of InDesign documents.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By far the best ever written book on Styles,
This review is from: Adobe InDesign CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts (Paperback)Discovered this book when visiting his website (the indesigner). I was impressed with the training material was providing. I have been equally impressed , if not more, by the quality of the material in the book. This is from my stand point an essential tool any graphic designer or Indesign specialist starter or intermediate should possess... Way to go Michael Murphy... This book saved me so much time!
PART 1: TEXT STYLES
Chapter 1 The Fundamentals: Paragraph and Character Styles
Chapter 2 Nesting and Sequencing Styles
Chapter 3 Automatic Styling with GREP
Chapter 4 Auto-styling Imported Word and Excel Files
PART 2: STYLES BEYOND TEXT
Chapter 5 Object Styles
Chapter 6 Table and Cel Styles
PART 3: COMBINING STYLES WITH OTHER FEATURES
Chapter 7 Drop Caps, Bullets, and Numbering
Chapter 8 Advanced Find/Change with Styles
Chapter 9 Generating Dynamic Content with Styles
Chapter 10 Styles, CSS, and XML
Chapter 11 Style Management
BONUS ONLINE CHAPTERS:
CHAPTER 12 Stroke Styles
CHAPTER 13 Planning Projects with Styles in Mind
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