Object Styles in Adobe InDesign

Object Styles in Adobe InDesign

If you are planning to use images and graphics in InDesign then creating Object Styles is a must-use feature. In this post, I will cover the basics of object styles: why and how to create them and how to apply them.

What are object styles

Object styles can be applied to objects, frames, and groups of objects in InDesign. Object styles in InDesign are very similar to paragraph and character styles which are essential for any document or publication.

With object styles you can manage so many things: fill, stroke, stroke and corner options, paragraph styles, text wrap, frame fitting options... There is also and Effects section to choose settings for Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, Inner Glow...

How to create object styles

There are a couple of ways to create object style in InDesign:

  • To create a brand new style from scratch ensure that nothing is selected. Click on Window > Styles > Object Styles panel menu and choose: New Object Style...
  • New Object Style from Object Styles panel in InDesign
  • Select object with settings which you want to include in object style then use Object Style panel menu > New Object Style or hold down Alt/Opt and click on page icon at the bottom of Object Styles panel.
  • Click on Create new style (page icon) at the bottom of Object Style panel. Hold down Alt/Opt on your keyboard to open New Object Style dialog.

How to apply object style

There are only two easy steps to apply object style:

  1. In the first step, you need to select a frame, object or group of objects.
  2. In the second step click on the object style name in the Object Styles panel.
  3. Apply Object Style in Adobe InDesign

How to delete object style

It is easy to delete object style by dragging it to the trash can. However, if the style is applied in the document or some other style is based on it, you will need to select replacement style. Here are the steps:

  1. In the Object Styles panel select object style which you want to delete.
  2. Click on Object Styles panel menu and choose: Delete Style or drag style onto trash can icon at the bottom of Object Styles panel. 
  3. Delete object style in Adobe InDesign by dragging it onto trash can icon
  4. In case that style is in use in that document or you have created some other style based on it, you will need to choose replacement style in Delete Object Style dialog which will appear on your screen.
  5. Delete Object Style dialog in Adobe InDesign

This is only beginning of styling objects

I have scratched the surface of object styles just to draw your attention on this extremely useful and powerful panel. Learn more about options available in Object Styles panel please visit official help page.

Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe InDesign CC 2017


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