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Creating and using paragraph styles


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Illustrator for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Creating and using paragraph styles

When you are creating layouts inside of Illustrator that require you to use a lot of type, you may find it useful to create what are called paragraph styles to enable you to easily style various elements of text throughout your design quickly and easily. In this movie, I am going to be exploring the Paragraph Styles panel inside of Adobe Illustrator and how you can use that to expedite your type-styling process. So the first thing I am going to do is zoom in on this top paragraph in my design here. So let's zoom in so I can see it a little bit better. And so what I am going to do is style this paragraph and create my paragraph styles off of it, and then I'll be able to quickly style this paragraph underneath it to match.
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  1. 1m 13s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 43m 51s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 57s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      2m 40s
    3. Exploring the Illustrator to HTML workflow
      3m 42s
    4. Setting up Illustrator for web work
      6m 55s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      6m 25s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      3m 31s
    7. Using artboards for responsive layouts
      7m 42s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      4m 31s
    9. Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
      6m 28s
  3. 25m 28s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      6m 47s
    2. Understanding web color
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a color palette
      5m 4s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      4m 50s
    5. Working with fills and strokes
      5m 0s
  4. 13m 15s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 54s
  5. 24m 5s
    1. Drawing simple shapes
      4m 16s
    2. Working with Pathfinder
      5m 4s
    3. Using the Shape Builder tool
      4m 33s
    4. Creating symbols
      6m 24s
    5. Editing and replacing symbols
      3m 48s
  6. 20m 22s
    1. Planning your project
      2m 56s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      5m 56s
    3. Developing a layout with shapes
      6m 21s
    4. Using a grid system
      5m 9s
  7. 25m 53s
    1. Exploring the rules of typography
      4m 1s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      3m 37s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      1m 46s
    4. Creating and using paragraph styles
      5m 16s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      3m 2s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      8m 11s
  8. 21m 17s
    1. Understanding object appearance
      4m 43s
    2. Applying and editing live effects
      3m 34s
    3. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 13s
    4. Creating more flexible rounded rectangles
      3m 17s
    5. Saving appearance as graphic styles
      6m 30s
  9. 35m 57s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      5m 23s
    2. Adding master elements
      6m 45s
    3. Creating navigation buttons
      13m 34s
    4. Working with photographs
      5m 50s
    5. Simulating pages with artboards
      4m 25s
  10. 54m 45s
    1. Creating video placeholders
      10m 33s
    2. Creating buttons
      13m 1s
    3. Creating form fields
      8m 15s
    4. Creating radio boxes and checkboxes
      5m 11s
    5. Creating progress bars
      10m 12s
    6. Creating tabbed interfaces
      7m 33s
  11. 35m 28s
    1. Understanding slicing
      3m 26s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      5m 33s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      3m 50s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 29s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 43s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      3m 46s
    8. Exporting SVG graphics
      6m 35s
  12. 9m 29s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      3m 4s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      4m 36s
    3. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 49s
  13. 15m 29s
    1. Placing Illustrator Smart Objects
      3m 22s
    2. Sharing color swatches between apps
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting Illustrator artwork as a PSD
      3m 49s
    4. Importing artwork into Fireworks
      2m 41s
    5. Exporting HTML from Illustrator
      3m 28s
  14. 1m 19s
    1. Taking the next step
      1m 1s
    2. Goodbye
      18s

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Illustrator for Web Design
5h 27m Appropriate for all Jul 30, 2012

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This course reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups with the strong layout and color management tools in Adobe Illustrator. Author and Adobe Certified Expert Justin Seeley covers topics such as building responsive layouts with artboards, producing custom color palettes and swatches for web graphics, and making vector shapes and text that seamlessly scale. The course also explores adding drop shadows and other live effects, setting up interface elements such as forms and tabbed interfaces, optimizing and exporting different types of graphics, and speeding up your workflow with reusable image sprites and Smart Objects.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Working with Pixel Preview and anti-aliasing
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Renaming and grouping layers
  • Working with shapes and symbols
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Simulating web pages with artboards
  • Optimizing and exporting your work
Subjects:
Design Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Justin Seeley

Creating and using paragraph styles

When you are creating layouts inside of Illustrator that require you to use a lot of type, you may find it useful to create what are called paragraph styles to enable you to easily style various elements of text throughout your design quickly and easily. In this movie, I am going to be exploring the Paragraph Styles panel inside of Adobe Illustrator and how you can use that to expedite your type-styling process. So the first thing I am going to do is zoom in on this top paragraph in my design here. So let's zoom in so I can see it a little bit better. And so what I am going to do is style this paragraph and create my paragraph styles off of it, and then I'll be able to quickly style this paragraph underneath it to match.

So I am going to first select my Type tool, and I am going to first select this heading right here. I am just going to click and drag across it to select it. And then I am going to go to my Window menu and I'll scroll down until I find the Type submenu, and I am going to find something called Paragraph Styles. And the Paragraph Styles panel should appear onscreen. And right now it is telling me that I am using the normal paragraph style, and it's also got a little plus sign next to it. Any time you see a plus sign applied to something that means that there is a style override happening at the moment. So the first thing I am going to do is just select this text and I am going to clear the override, and I am going to do that by holding down the Option or Alt key and clicking that plus sign.

And once I do that, the override goes away, and this should just be back to the plain old regular paragraph style that we have here. I am going to select this heading and I am going to start making some changes to it. So this is a heading so it needs to be a little bit bigger. I am also going to change the font as well, so I am go up here to the Character dropdown and I am going to change this to a nice web-safe font, Georgia. I am going to blow up the size to something like 24 points, and then I'm going to go into the Paragraph options. You can get to that from your Paragraph icon here or in the control panel, either way.

Once I get into the Paragraph options, I can start to do things like indentation. I can change all different types of things here. I am going to turn off hyphenate and I am also going to add some space after the paragraph to create some space, so I am going to click right here. 10 points should be enough. There we go, and we'll click away from that. And I am also going to assign a color to this, so let's grab orange for the color. Here we go, and now once I have that all set up, I am going to click New for Paragraph Style, and that creates a new style called Paragraph Style 1. And once I do that, I can then double-click on it and I can rename it to Heading.

And if I want to see this style, I can double- click to the right of it and it will open it up, and it should tell me okay, Font Family Georgia, Font Style Regular, Font Size 24, Space after set to 10, Character Color is set to orange, so that's good, and so now I hit OK. So I have got the heading set up. Now let's work on the paragraph underneath. So I'll select the paragraph here, and the paragraph underneath I am going to change this font in the Character menu, I am going to change this to be Helvetica. I want this to be a light weight.

I want it to be 14 points. I am going to open up the Character panel here and I am going to adjust the leading a little bit, make it about 24 points of leading, make it a little bit more readable. I am also going to change the color to this light gray, and I am going to add some space after it as well. So I am going to click the Paragraph link here and add in a little bit of space after something like 5 points, just like so.

Once I do that, I am going to go back over to my Paragraph Styles panel, click the New button. It creates Paragraph Styles 2. I can double-click it and then call this Body Copy and hit Enter. I'll double-click out to the right of it to make sure that I am creating everything correctly, so the Font Family, Helvetica, Font Style is Light, Font Size 14, the Leading was set to 24, Space after is 5, and Character Color is that neutral gray color I selected, so I hit OK. So now I'll switch to my Selection tool. And my box got a little too big here, so I am just going to shrink it up a little bit. There we go.

And once I do that, I have got my styles set up, and now those are available to me anytime I need them in this document. And if so I select this text here, I can double-click to make edits, and I'll select this paragraph. This is a heading, and I'll click heading, and it changes it. Then I'll select this paragraph here and it changes it to the Body Copy, automatically for me. Now I am noticing that there is a style override being applied to this, and so I can change that by holding down Option or Alt key and clicking that plus sign and it goes away. I am not sure what the style override was, but just getting rid of it ensures me that I am using the correct paragraph style.

And so you can imagine, if you were styling up multiple pieces of a web site mockup, how much time this would save you. It's going to take a little bit of time to set these up initially, like the heading style and the paragraph styles and things like that, but it's going to avoid you having to do this multiple times throughout your design. So if you are setting up something like blog posts or news, or if you are doing an About page with lots of headings and lots of biographical information and things like that, using something like paragraph styles is a very powerful way to expedite this process and get you back to designing, rather than focusing on changing up all of these type options.

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