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Styling

Styles are the foundation of our typesetting workflow. Sometimes manuscripts (Word/RTF) are pre-styled with paragraph and character styles, sometimes they’re tagged (codes inserted to highlight elements), and sometimes they’re just raw text. Whatever the state of your initial manuscript, we’ll create parent pages, paragraph styles, object styles and table styles using InDesign to ensure consistency of appearance throughout printed publications.

Styling means we can work much more efficiently, ensuring any font or layout changes are easy to make, even in the final production stages. From the tiniest details in character styles, through hyphenation and justification options in paragraphs, to the layout-based elements on parent pages, styling is vital. With 40 years experience, our design flair and every software feature available, we improve efficiency and achieve a consistent look and feel throughout.

Although mostly used for books, journals and magazines, styling is very useful for smaller publications such as brochures and catalogues, especially when content has to be adjusted to fit to a page or a certain number of pages. Styles are also very useful for digital output, accessible by other software and ensuring consistency across differing formats. We believe it’s easy to test the competence of a typesetter by looking at the way their files are styled.