Don't put anythin on the Master. Except automatic page number, running header and maybe a background on the lowest layer.
Text styles and other styles are defined in Paragraph, Character, Object, Table and Cell Styles and found in WIndow > Styles > …
Define your styles there, it is much more better than PPT.
Thanks for your answer.
But what if I want to have pages layouts ? Like title + 2 columns of text, chapter title on a single page...
Specify it with styles, that's what they are for:
- Pragraph Text with Paragraph Style and included GREP, Nested. LInes and INitial Letters and Lists as Character Style
- Single Words inside a Paragraph which are different as the rest with Character Styles.
- Text and Image Frames as Object Styles (which also includes the number of columns)
- Tables with Table and Cell Styles.
On the master page define border guide lines and manuala guide lines.
For the whole document use Layers.
You can't compare PowerPoint with InDesign. InDesign is a high prolific layout program.
Right ! I sort of get it now.
The annoying bit is Text and Image frame.
Suppose I have many pages with the same layout : Numbered title (there's a white rectangle over the grey one) + text on two columns + picture. Are you telling me you can make an "object" from the stuff on the left (like you would make a clip in Flash) and then drop it on every page needed ?
How do I convert stuff on the left into an object ?
Prepare it, put it into a Library (INDL file) and place it (not via drag and drop) as you need it.
But Your layout as it is on the screen shot is much toooooo complicated. Make 1 text frame for the headline and for the 2 columns. Why are you splitting it into 2 frames?
Use Paragraph Styles!
I think you should take some classes before starting your project and forget everything you have done in PowerPoint. The kind to work is soooo different, you you can't use it as helpful experience here.
Thanks for your answers Willi !
The good thing is I actually never used PowerPoint, it was just a reference. But I've used Captivate and I know it uses the same template principle as PPT.
As for the classes, I red some books and watched tutorial and they go for the "override stuff in the Master page to be able to edit it, which sounds to me like you're breaking your Master page when you shouldn't.
You find my layout complicated and I see what you mean (like having title spanned over the two columns) but I can't see how I could mix Character styles without having dummy text that I would replace afterwards.
By the way, could you recommend me some books?
- Make the border and column guid lines in page layout.
- Use text frames with 2 columns best practice is to set up them via object styles.
- Set a pragraph style for your text.
- Set another paragraph style for your headline: Make column Span over all with a specified distance after, Paragraph Ruler for the Grey bar, white text
But don't use Character Styles, except for single words, automatic numbers, all things which are different from the residing pargraph properties.
Avoid overrides on pages, as these are causing problems in syntax and in editing later. Beter is to use a different master page, where you can use overrides.
E.g. it makes problems when you have overrides and want to reapply the same master again.
Or it makes problems when you create PDFs for unlimitted access or when you export EPUBs or HTML.
Thanks, I managed to get the headline through Paragraph Style and ruler (sorry, I wrote "Character style" but I meant "Paragraph style").
Still, I don't see how you can mix styles in a block without having dummy text. You can't tell "First line: Paragraph Style 1, Rest of text: Paragraph Style 2 Except last line: Paragraph Style 3", can you ?
- You can define next style in the paragraph style.
- When you select several paragraphs, you can can apply with the right mouse click style and next style.
- You can also define it in the Object Style, either a paragraph style for all or with next style.
- Next style works also when you write.
- And of course you can apply a paragraph style by clicking into the paragraph and applying it from the paragraph styles.
Great! "Next style", of course...
Many, many thanks.
Actually, I nearly managed to get the white bar automatically inserted in header ('|' in Numbering Style + Character style making it wider and taller) but Nested Style or GREP style won't work on numbering...