How should I use character, paragraph, table or object styles in InDesign to create specific spacing between elements in the example provided? My goal is that when the information is updated, the elements will keep consistent spacing.
If you want to be efficient, this will likely need to be tailored depending on how you receive your content. I don't currently see a use for character styles.
- Table style: to generate the red stroke around each table.
- Cell style: to generate the vertical strokes in between numerical values and vertically center the content.
- Paragraph styles: 3 of them, one for each font size currently used. Depending on how the content is provided, you can use a tab to separate the numbers from the smaller type or use another column altogether.
To create the title with the red background, you could either use a cell style or use a paragraph style with a thick offset stroke below.
I still feel this is pretty broad. I mean there are table styles, cell styles, paragraph styles - all which would need to be deployed.
- (A) Create a Paragraph Style for the item ID text (red box).
- (B) Create a Paragraph Style for the measurements(?) text - large numbers
- (C) Create a Paragraph Style with tabs for the text listing on the right side
- Create a Table Style for the overall table (red outline and spacing around it).
- Create a Cell Style assigning (A) for the item ID (red box).
- Create a Cell Style assigning (B) for the internally divided cells (the vertical lines)
- Create a Cell Style assigning (C) for the item list (right side listing next to image)
- Create a Cell Style for the image cells (spacing)
By configuring Paragraph Styles first, you can then assign those paragraph styles to Cell Styles as you create them, ensuring the text within the cells matches the paragraph style, while using the cell style options to add spacing, backgrounds, and/or rules to the cells themselves.
When combined, all this theoretically should allow quick, consistent, formatting of data.
It's difficult to be more precise without either writing a small book on how to utilize each aspect of various style options, and without knowing the exact format of data to be imported. You can search Adobe Help on the various style formatting option and how to use them.