Nested styles have huge advantages because you can use a paragraph style that is a collection of individual character styles, apply it to quickly format large amounts of text and then – if necessary – make changes to one of the character style and see your result cascade throughout the document.
For this quick tutorial we will make an lead paragraph and a byline paragraph style.
For the Lead paragraph.
1.In a blank document start off by making a new character style from the Character Style Panel’s menu, call the style name Lead Characters, in Basic Character Formats change the Font Family = Bebas Neue found here, Font Style = Regular, Size = 9 and Leading = 12, Kerning = Optical, Tracking = 50, and Case = All Caps.
2. Make a New Paragraph Style and call it Body Text Font=Baskerville, Style= Regular, Size=9 and Leading = 12. Under Indents and Spacing change Alignment = Left and Align to Grid = All lines. Click OK
3. Make another Paragraph Style and call it Body Text Lead. Base it on Body Text – this will take all of the established styles and populate fields in the new style with Basic Character Formats and Indents and Spacing from Body Text.
4. Go to the Drop Caps and Nested Styles Tab and click on New Nested Style choose Lead Character as the style through 3 Words. This will apply the Bebas Neue to the first three words.
5. Make a new Text Window, select the Body Text paragraph style and go to the TYPE menu > FILL WITH PLACEHOLDER TEXT. Select the first paragraph (or quadruple click within the paragraph) and apply the Body Text Lead style.
For the Byline
1. Make a new character style based on [None] and call it Didot 8/12. Under Basic Character Formats make Font Family = Didot, Style = Regular, Size=8, Leading = 12, Kerning = optical
2. Make another character style called Bebas 9/12 based on [None] Under Basic Character Formats make Font Family = Bebas, Style = Regular, Size=9, Leading = 12, Kerning = optical, Tracking = 50, Case = All Caps.
3. Make a paragraph style called ByLine based on [No Paragraph Style], and click on Reset To Base to clear out any style settings. There will be no need to change Basic Character Formats as the nested styles will override any of these settings.
4. Go to the Drop Caps and Nested Styles Tab and click on New Nested Style, change the style to Didot 8/12 through 2 words. Click New Nested Style again and add the style Bebas 8/12 through 1 Em spaces (we will add an em space between the writer’s name and the photogrphy credit.) Click New Nested Style again add Didot 8/12 through 2 words. Add a final nested style Bebas 8/12 through End Nested Style.
5. Make a new text frame, select [none] in the Character Style Panel and type words by Your Name photography by photographers name (you may substitute actual names for these) Place your cursor between the writer’s name and photography and go to the TYPE menu > INSERT WHITE SPACE > EM SPACE. Select all of the text and apply the ByLine paragraph style.