Creating Your First Stylesheet

Designing with Stylesheets

Teaser

At the end of this topic you will have a stylesheet and a screenpart, representing a Login dialog, using the stylesheet.

The image below shows an example Login screenpart that uses a stylesheet which you can find on indigodesigned.com.

In Brief

These are the main steps of the procedure:

  1. Creating a new stylesheet.
  2. Adding and styling elements in the stylesheet.
  3. Applying the styles to elements in a screenpart.
  4. Running the preview.

Step by step

1. Create a new stylesheet.

  1. In the Application Menu click the Start a New Project button in the Open/New pane.

  2. Select the Stylesheet option.

    Indigo creates a new blank stylesheet for you.

    The first stylesheet you create in a project is the default stylesheet. To make another stylesheet the default one for the project, click the Default Stylesheet button in the designer.

2. Add and style elements in the stylesheet.

  1. Use Alt + Click or drag a button from the Toolbox.

    For more on adding elements, see Creating Your First Screen.

  2. Add more elements.

    To complete this example you need:

    • two buttons
    • a title
    • a label
    • a link
    • a textbox
    • a password box
    • a checkbox
    • an icon

  3. Select the button and set the following values for some of its style properties:

    • Rounding: 20
    • Thickness: 0
    • Font color: white
    • Background color: purple

  4. Give your style a meaningful name. For the example, name this button Primary.

  1. Define the style for the rest of the elements in the stylesheet. This is an example of what they may look like once you finish.

3. Apply the styles to elements in a screenpart.

  1. Add a screenpart.

    Set the canvas size to 300 by 500 pixels and its background color to #203741.

    See Creating Your First Screenpart for more information.

  2. Add a Title and change the text to LOGIN.

  3. Select the Title style from the Properties Panel.

  4. Add the rest of the elements, selecting the corresponding style for each.

4. Run the preview.

Click on the Run Screenpart button at the top of the designer. The preview opens in a new window.

If you added all the elements in the example, your screenpart should look like the first image in this topic. You can get the screenpart and stylesheet used for this topic from indigodesigned.com.

Try duplicating the stylesheet and changing the look of the elements in it. Set the new stylesheet as default and watch the screenpart change!

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