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Step one: Creating text styles for a table

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Video: Step one: Creating text styles for a table

Table styles can be approached in a similar area as nested styles. Table styles in order to work properly have a process by which you need to follow in order to create them effeciantly. The first step in creating a complete table style is to create paragraph styles for the text that will appear in each cell of the table. To begin, I'm going to grab my Type tool and I'm going to hover over the upper left corner of the table to select the entire table, at a time.

Step one: Creating text styles for a table

Table styles can be approached in a similar area as nested styles. Table styles in order to work properly have a process by which you need to follow in order to create them effeciantly. The first step in creating a complete table style is to create paragraph styles for the text that will appear in each cell of the table. To begin, I'm going to grab my Type tool and I'm going to hover over the upper left corner of the table to select the entire table, at a time.

And, the first thing I'm going to do, because all of the texts in this table uses the same font. I'm going to do it all at one time and then we'll go in and adjust each different area. So in the font menu, I'm going to choose Letter Gothic from the list. I'm going to use Letter Gothic Standard Bold. Now, if you don't have that font, it's no big deal. Just use a font of your choice, and you can follow along just the same. Now I'm going to zoom in on the top portion, actually in this upper left cell.

And I'm going to highlight the word Date and we're going to format this the way that we want the text to appear within our Main Header cells. Now, before I go too much further, I'm going to zoom out a second because the table, when we create the Table style, can be divided up into five main areas. We have a header and down here we have a footer and then we can also format the left cells which is the left most cells of the table and the right cells. And then anything that falls in the middle area here is what is called the body of the table. So once again, I'm going to zoom in on this first cell in the upper left corner. And I'm going to change the size of this text to 22 point. I'm also going to go to the paragraph formatting, and align it center within the cell.

In addition, I'm going to go ahead and go back to the character formatting, and click on the small caps button. And then with my fill color active, I'm going to change the color of this text to paper. Now I know it's going to be hard to see right now. But, when we create the cell style we're going to have it filled with a color. So that looks pretty good. I'm going to select this text. Go to my paragraph Styles panel, and I'm going to Option click or Alt click on the New Style button, and I'm going to name this appropriately, you want to name this as specifically as possible to make it easy to apply later on.

So I'm going to set the name of this to Table Header text. I'm going to click OK. And we can see now we have this table header text style that we've created. I'm going to scroll down just a little bit. And I'm going to highlight the first cell underneath that header cell. And we're going to change the point size of this to 16. And we're going to change the letting to 16 as well. And I'm also going to to accept the fill color of this, we can do this in the Control panel up here to paper also. Once again, hold down Option or Alt on my keyboard to create a new style and I'm going to call this Table left text.

Apply this style to selection, we'll click OK. Now, I'm going to slide over to one of these cells. So, highlight the word Devil's Knuckle here, and I'm going to change the point size to 14, the letting to 16. I'm going to change the fill color to this dark blue color, and I'm also going to center this text. So if we go to our paragraph formatting and Choose Center, we'll center that text within the cell. Once again, with that text highlighted, I'm going to Option or Alt click on the New Style button.

We're going to call this Table Body text. Apply Style to selection, click OK. Then, I'm just going to scroll over to the prices, which are the right-most column. We're going to highlight that text. We're going to change the size of that to 14 point, with 16 point leading. I'm going to change the color to dark blue. And I'm also going to center this text. That looks good. Once again, I'm going to Option click or Alt click to Create a New style, and we're going to call this Table Right text, click OK, and I'm going to press Cmd+0 on my keyboard. Now I know this doesn't look like much,but what you've done is the first step in the process of creating a Table Style.

We've created Paragraph Styles to format how the text is going to look.

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