Desktop Publishing

The Style Sheet

The style sheet is one of the best features of electronic publishing. Attributes such as typeface, type size, and leading can be predefined, making the job of formatting your project quick and easy.

Once styles are defined, you can instantly apply different attributes to a single word, several paragraphs, or an entire publication. Defining your style sheet in advance saves you time and effort later.

The style sheet has many advantages. If, for example, the body text of your newsletter is laid out in Helvetica, you can change it to Times Roman with a single mouse click. If you hadn't originally tagged the body text as Helvetica, you would have to change each text block individually.

However, before you begin defining styles for your publication, you should do the following:

In PageMaker this is done through the Document Set-up window. First, open the File pull-down menu and select New, which will open Document Set-up. Set your document parameters. Having completed this task, you're ready to define styles for your publication. In PageMaker 6.5, Define Styles is located on the Type pull-down menu.

For the 1997 Freestone, we made our typeface and point size selections for headlines, captions, bylines, body text, and photo credits at the outset. Click on the icon below to see the styles we selected.

I strongly recommend that you first spend time learning how to define styles in your publishing program, and then decide how you want your publication to look. What typeface and point size will you use for headings and subheads? Will you use 10-point Times Roman for the body text? Will you use a different typeface for pull-quotes?

Most importantly, predefined styles will ensure that your publication has a consistent look throughout.

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