Just uploaded latest version within the last few days. Would I have to put the header in its own text box to add bevel and emboss to just those few words? I've used INDD since at least CS3! This is aggravating! Hope you can help!
Headers and footers are typically added to their own text frames on the master pages, so yes, select the text frame with those words and add the effects that you want.
I don't recall any version of InDesign working that way—I just tested on 2019 (14.0.3) and 2020 (15.1.1)—and they both work the way you are describing. What version are you using, and which version were you using?
I'm on macOS Catalina v. 10.15.6, InDesign 2020 v. 15.1.1. Perhaps the
problem is that the original document has been saved and changed then
resaved every month for quite a while. I'm going to try a new document and
I might have create a new version of this monthly enewsletter. Your
thoughts would be appreciated.
*Barbara H. Olsher, BFA*
*Graphic Designer for Print*
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Your thoughts would be appreciated.
My thought is that this is how it has always worked, which I know doesn't jive with your memory. And who's to say that my memory is correct—I can't test this on any version before CC 2019—but I can say with confidence that this is how it works with 2019 and 2020 because I still have both of those versions installed.
That said, I have been delivering InDesign training since it was released. I just grabbed my CS6 workbook from 2012 and it specifically states that you must select the frame before applying the effects from the Effects panel, and goes on to state that you can not apply these settings with the text selected with the Type tool.
Until this last update, I could click in the headline, H1, of the text box and create a bevel and emboss effect for just those few words, leaving the body of the text in a paragraph style.
Was the last version before your most recent upgrade earlier than CS6? If so, let me know and I'll go grab an earlier workbook.
Let's go a different direction. The goal is a quick application of Bevel and Emboss to your heads, right?
How about defining an object style that will do that for you? In my demo below, I have defined a shortcut for the H1 paragraph style, then I press Esc to move to the Selection tool, and finally tap the shortcut for the object style.
To really make this quick, you can nest the paragraph style in the object style so that both happen with one shortcut (or click). Note, the head must be in an unthreaded frame for this to work.
Thanks, Barb. I appreciate all the time it took to answer my question. In your demo, the headline is in its own text frame which I know will work, so that's the way I'll go.
We are always happy to help, Barb.