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Adobe® InDesign® CS4 Styles: How to Create Better, Faster Text and Layouts by Michael Murphy

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Chapter 1. The Fundamentals: Paragraph and Character Styles

THE FOUNDATIONS OF almost every topic in this book are related to paragraph and character styles. Not all InDesign styles are text related, but even those that aren’t (object styles, table and cell styles) include text style options among their attributes.

Styles are the easiest and fastest way to process and format text in any project. More than 50 distinct kinds of formatting can be applied at the paragraph level. Even if you take advantage of only ten, that’s ten separate formatting steps that can be reduced to a single mouse click if they’re built into a style. The more complex the paragraph formatting, the more steps a style saves. But the real payoff comes when you’re deep into a ...

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