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

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Chapter 13. Planning Projects with Styles in Mind

KNOWLEDGE OF THE ins and outs of styles and their related features is essential for any InDesign user, but a strategic approach to exploiting those features from the very beginning of a project is equally important.

I often tell students, clients, and seminar audiences, “If you have to do something more than once, only do it once.” This means that any formatting that will be repeated is worth creating a style for. Therefore, almost every paragraph, table, and object in your project is a candidate for a style. At the earliest stages of any project, styles should be your first consideration before you give any thought to typefaces, column widths, colors, or any other specifics.

A strategic style approach ...

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