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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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