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Overriding formatting with character styles

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Video: Overriding formatting with character styles

We have discussed the concept of something called paragraph styles inside of Illustrator, which maps somewhat to the way that CSS works. In fact, in this document, we have actually created some of these paragraph styles. We have named them appropriate names that we have used to style the way the text looks in this document. However, there are times where sometimes just a word, or a few words, or even a single character within an overall paragraph is changed. Now in CSS, we sometimes refer to that as a class, and we can use the span tags to show that inside of a code.

Overriding formatting with character styles

We have discussed the concept of something called paragraph styles inside of Illustrator, which maps somewhat to the way that CSS works. In fact, in this document, we have actually created some of these paragraph styles. We have named them appropriate names that we have used to style the way the text looks in this document. However, there are times where sometimes just a word, or a few words, or even a single character within an overall paragraph is changed. Now in CSS, we sometimes refer to that as a class, and we can use the span tags to show that inside of a code.

Well Illustrator also has something similar called character styles. Basically what a character style allows you to do is overwrite one part of a paragraph, basically allowing you to have certain characters within an overall paragraph that look different than the rest of the paragraph. For example, I am going to zoom in a little bit here on the body copy here, and say I want to have some way to identify some text as being more important. May be I want to make a word bold or stand out a little bit more. For example, right over here, we have Explore California, which is the company name here, and maybe I want to go ahead and make that more prominent, or I want to add some emphasis to it.

So I am going to use a character style to do that. Now remember, there are two ways to define a style inside of Illustrator: I can either create some kind of text, the way that I want it to look on the artboard, and then turn that into a style, or I can just go straight in to the Character panel, define a style, and I might do that if I know what the setting are going to be in advance, and then I can apply the style to my text afterwards. Let's actually try the second way, because we did it the first way when we defined paragraph styles. I am going to come to my Character Styles panel. Notice now I have my default normal character style, but I want to now create a new character style.

May be I want to highlight some text within the paragraph style. So I am going to come over here and define a new character style, and then I am immediately going to double-click on it so I can define some of its settings. Now first of all, I am going to change its name. I am going to call it p, and then I will call it highlight. Next let's click on Basic Character Formats, and really I want to change this to be Arial. Right now, the body copy is using Georgia. So I am going to change this to Arial, and we will make it bold, and really, in fact, that's pretty much what I want to change, but I also want to change some of the color so I will go to where it says Character Color, and instead of black, I am going to go ahead and now choose maybe a red color.

Let's say this color right here, click OK, and now I have defined this character style called p highlight. Now If I want to apply this character style, I would take my Type tool and here, unlike in the paragraph style, where all I had to do which is click my mouse anywhere in the paragraph, the character style obviously applies to specific characters within that overall paragraph, so I need to select all the characters that I want to take on that change. So I am going to highlight the word "Explore California" and then click on p highlight, and notice now that changes to the specifications that I just set.

You can use character styles help you do that, and most importantly it means that any of these types of settings that you apply across an entire web site will always be consistent.

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Illustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive Design

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  1. 6m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Choosing Illustrator for web and interactive design
      2m 54s
    3. Illustrator and the web design workflow
      2m 7s
    4. Using the exercise files
      22s
  2. 40m 9s
    1. Pixel dimension vs. resolution
      4m 14s
    2. Pixel Preview mode and anti-aliasing
      5m 39s
    3. Taking charge of anti-aliasing
      5m 27s
    4. Choosing the right color management settings
      7m 25s
    5. Setting up important preferences
      6m 22s
    6. Setting up a workspace optimized for web design
      11m 2s
  3. 54m 5s
    1. Using the Web document profile
      3m 39s
    2. Creating custom document profiles
      9m 38s
    3. Using Illustrator's free web templates
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a sitemap or wireframe
      2m 50s
    5. Setting up an entire web site
      9m 33s
    6. Setting up a grid
      10m 37s
    7. Setting up an online ad campaign
      8m 13s
    8. Setting up icons for iOS
      2m 24s
    9. Setting up mobile content with Adobe Device Central
      4m 38s
  4. 32m 22s
    1. Understanding web-safe colors
      11m 50s
    2. Limiting the Color Guide to web-safe colors
      4m 53s
    3. Using Recolor Art to convert art to web-safe colors
      4m 54s
    4. Getting color inspiration from Adobe Kuler
      6m 48s
    5. Using Recolor Artwork to modify colors across a site
      3m 57s
  5. 56m 54s
    1. Using the Save for Web & Devices feature
      6m 44s
    2. Understanding the GIF file format and its settings
      10m 20s
    3. Understanding the JPEG file format and its settings
      7m 39s
    4. Understanding the PNG file format and its settings
      3m 21s
    5. Understanding the WBMP file format and its settings
      1m 18s
    6. Understanding the SWF file format and its settings
      4m 13s
    7. Understanding the SVG file format and its settings
      3m 41s
    8. Adjusting the dimensions of a graphic
      4m 46s
    9. Optimizing files to a specific file size
      4m 5s
    10. Modifying Save for Web & Devices output settings
      6m 51s
    11. Previewing content in Adobe Device Central
      3m 56s
  6. 56m 6s
    1. Setting point type in Illustrator
      4m 11s
    2. Setting area type in Illustrator
      5m 20s
    3. Formatting text quickly with paragraph styles
      14m 39s
    4. Overriding formatting with character styles
      3m 2s
    5. Controlling text anti-aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Simulating the CSS box model
      11m 14s
    7. Adding cool reflections to text and graphics
      8m 26s
    8. Applying settings quickly with Graphic Styles
      4m 24s
  7. 35m 56s
    1. Understanding the concept of slicing
      3m 22s
    2. Creating slices manually
      4m 26s
    3. Creating slices from guides
      2m 45s
    4. Creating slices from objects
      7m 33s
    5. Understanding the different slice types
      4m 20s
    6. Applying settings to slices
      9m 20s
    7. Creating hotspots with image maps
      4m 10s
  8. 23m 35s
    1. Exporting static SWF files from Illustrator
      3m 35s
    2. Animated SWF: Converting Illustrator layers to SWF frames
      4m 3s
    3. Animated SWF: Using blends to define motion
      8m 35s
    4. Animated SWF: Adding static artwork to an animation
      3m 24s
    5. Animated SWF: Controlling time within an animation
      3m 58s
  9. 17m 13s
    1. Preserving slices and structure with PSD export
      6m 10s
    2. Working with Photoshop Smart Objects
      4m 35s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Photoshop
      2m 52s
    4. Generating an animated GIF file with Photoshop
      3m 36s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Exporting HTML from Illustrator for use in Dreamweaver
      3m 31s
    2. Exporting CSS and DIVs from an Illustrator layout
      3m 57s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Moving art between Illustrator and Fireworks
      6m 25s
    2. Using dynamic shapes from Fireworks
      3m 48s
    3. Sharing color swatches between Illustrator and Fireworks
      2m 24s
  12. 16m 7s
    1. Building files for use in Flash Catalyst
      4m 28s
    2. Creating a new Flash Catalyst project from an Illustrator file
      3m 40s
    3. Copying and pasting artwork between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      2m 4s
    4. Roundtrip editing between Illustrator and Flash Catalyst
      3m 36s
    5. Creating Flex skins for use in Flash Builder
      2m 19s
  13. 19m 48s
    1. Understanding symbols: The lifeblood of Flash
      4m 58s
    2. Symbols: Understanding 9-slice scaling
      4m 18s
    3. Setting text that will be used in Flash Professional
      3m 5s
    4. Moving artwork between Illustrator and Flash Professional
      7m 27s
  14. 1m 6s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 6s

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