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In this course, author James Fritz shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse—a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. The course covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up web pages and populating them with graphics and text, to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, embedded video, social media integration, and more. James also explains how to create an alternate layout for display on mobile devices, publish and update your site, and view analytics on web traffic.
In the previous movie, we learned how to create paragraph styles that affect the entire paragraph evenly. But what happens if you only want to change the formatting of a portion of a paragraph, like a person's name? The solution to this problem is to use character styles, which are as easy to make as paragraph styles. Let's go to the Volunteer page. On the Volunteer page, I want to change the formatting of the word SAMOCA. So I'm going to select this and we're going to change it to a Web Safe Font, Garamond. Next, we'll make it bold and blue.
Now if I try to make this a Paragraph Style, watch what happens. As soon as I apply the style to the paragraph, you'll see that everything turns blue in that font. The reason is a paragraph style affects the entire paragraph evenly. You can't apply a paragraph style to just a portion of it. So this really isn't what I want to do. I'm going to press Command+Z or Ctrl+Z a few times to undo back to the beginning. There we go. In order to save this formatting and use it across my site, I need to save it as a character style.
A character style is any style that affects a portion of a paragraph. So with this selected, I'm going to go to my Character Style panel. If you don't see it, go to Window > Character Style. I'll press the New button and we'll call it Samoca. Now that that's done, I can go anywhere else in the site and apply this style and it will only affect my selection. So if I try to Cafe, you'll see it's working effectively.
If I change my mind about it and want to change its color, I can go up here, change the color, and then redefine the style just like a paragraph style, and the rest of the site updates. It's a good idea to avoid using system fonts. The reason is if you apply a system font to a paragraph, it will affect the entire text frame regardless of the amount that you're using it. Other uses for character styles are used in hyperlinks. We'll talk more about those in a later movie. Even though character styles may not seem as important as paragraph styles, take the time to make them when you're changing the appearance of a portion of text.
Something as simple as making something bold should be a character style. That way, if you ever decide to change the appearance of bold in your layout, you'll just have to make one small change and then the entire site is updated.
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