Dave Cross shows us how to take advantage of InDesign’s paragraph rules by creating and applying new styles to your text.

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  1. Rüdiger Fischer (Reply) on Wednesday August 6, 2008

    Thank, this is verry helpful, i dont know the a rule can do this in a paragraph

  2. DCM (Reply) on Wednesday August 6, 2008

    THis is a very handy technique. I discovered this on my own a couple of years ago and have been using it regularly when designing forms etc.

  3. salcuda (Reply) on Wednesday August 6, 2008

    Ottimo video corso.ok

  4. Candace (Reply) on Wednesday August 6, 2008

    Dave, you’re a great teacher. Even though you go through things quickly your explanation is very easy to “get.” I’m new at InDesign and it’s refreshing to listen to someone who knows how to explain it to newbies. Looking forward to watching other tutorials.

  5. Eugene Tyson (Reply) on Wednesday August 6, 2008

    One more trick to add to that.

    Say if you were to insert a text and wanted it to apply automatically without manually putting in the paragraph styles.

    Make a New Object style

    Go the Paragraph Style on the left hand menu.

    For Paragraph Style use the style “Shade”

    And then CHECK THE BOX that says APPLY NEXT STYLE.

    Automatically does the whole frame of text for you.

    Of course you may not only have this list, you may have other information per text frame that you don’t want shaded, etc.

  6. David Greenwell (Reply) on Wednesday August 6, 2008

    Great tip Dave.

    Just one thing… wouldn’t it make sense to set the rule width to be the same as the leading of the text so the coloured shaded “strips” and the white gaps in-between are the same width?

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