Why Should I Use Character Styles In Adobe InDesign CC
Hi there, we're going to create a character style. Why? Because we've created a character style for this first paragraph here. And the nice thing about it is that because it's connected to a paragraph style, I can open up buddy, copy. It's picking you font. Let's make comic sands and our lovely character style adjusts. It's pink, it's bold, but it's taking the leave from our paragraph style and staying in that font, but being bold and pink and awfully comic sands, sorry, comic sands. Alright, let's look at how to set one of these up. Okay, so to learn what a character style does, let's first of all go to file new and creative document. It's got a print, we're just gonna use us later. We're going to make it two columns click create. We're gonna bring in some long text. So let's go to file and go to place. We're gonna use one of our earlier shortcuts. I want to bring it in from 06 styles. It's called text. I want to turn on show import options, but I don't want to turn it on forever. So,...
remember I hold down my shift key when I click open and I get the little custom box just for this one instance and I'm gonna say remove the styles, click OK and remember another little shortcut from earlier. What do I hold down on my keyboard. So this generates lots of pages. Hold down, shift. I get the little curly arrow icon if I click once on the top left here, generates pages for me all the way through and they're all linked. Lovely. First of all, we need to create a paragraph style because you'd never have a character style without a paragraph style. Okay, you kind of use them on top of to add value to a paragraph style. Okay, so we're gonna select all we're going to pick, I'm gonna pick Roboto Medium. Okay, I'm gonna pick 10 point and I'm going to create a paragraph style. So window styles, paragraph styles. We've created a lot of paragraph styles already. Okay, so click on create new style. Double click where it says paragraph style one. We're going to call out body copy. Cool, so we've got a paragraph style. Now we want a character styles and the reason we have a character style is that we can add a little bit of extra nous to our paragraph style. I could let's say I want to do this first paragraph here and I want to go through and make it bold and a color. So I want to go through and make it bold and I want to make it the pink color. Okay, so that could be my first paragraph style. I could create another paragraph style but then I've got two styles doing a lot of the same work. The only thing different about this is the color and the boldness. So what I want to do is I'm going to undo that. Okay, I'm gonna have nothing selected. I'm going to create a character style. That does one thing. Okay, so I've got nothing selected. New paragraph style click on this one. He's going to be first para. And what I'm gonna do is under basic formats. I'm going to say whatever font it is make it bold and the character color now is going to be switched out for the pink click. Ok. That character style does nothing. But those two things. You double click on it and you see I'm bold and I'm pink. The good thing about it is if I apply it to my paragraph style, body copy so on top of it, I'm going to add first paragraph. Okay, Where it becomes quite useful, especially over longer documents. Is that if I go and adjust paragraph styles now. So I've got nothing selected double click body copy. Basic character formats. We've gone actually, we're not using Roboto anymore. We're going to be using aerial boo. But that's OK. We'll click on. Ok. And you'll notice that it changed from Roboto to aerial including everything that was underneath this character style because that character style said, remember just did two things be bold be pink. So it doesn't really care what font it is. Let's go and change it again. Something a bit more crazy. Let's go. Let's go mad. Okay, Comic sans the font we love to hate. Okay, but it's bold and pink. Let's undo that quick. So bad says the reason for a character style quite simple. You might already know about them, but we need to know this to carry on with lots of other styles that we're going to create, like nested and grip, so let's get on with those now.