15 Oct

Applying Object Styles in InDesign

Using object styles in InDesign is really useful for achieving a uniform look throughout your document.

This can be helpful when creating buttons, adding and placing images, and standardising text boxes. It is a real time saver and helps to add coherence and a professional finish – and it’s really simple to set up.

Then, once created, object styles can be applied to consistently format text frames and picture frames with a single click.


Format a Single Object

Apply your chosen formatting to any single object, as desired.
Here, we’re adding a border of orange spheres and a drop-shadow to an image in a circular frame.


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Creating the Object Style

On completion, choose Window > Styles > Object Styles to open the Object Styles panel. In the panel’s fly-out menu, select New Object Style assigning a descriptive name to your Style.


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Applying the Object Style

To apply Style formatting attributes to other objects, select objects then click the newly created style from the Object Styles panel.


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It really is that simple!

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