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Creating and using character styles


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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design

with Justin Seeley

Video: Creating and using character styles

When you're working with type in Photoshop, chances are you're going to apply some formatting to a certain piece of text that you're going to need to use over and over again, especially if you're doing something like web site design where you have to use a lot of body copy. In this movie, I'll be exploring the Character Styles panel inside of Photoshop and how you can utilize that to help streamline your text workflow. Let's first zoom in on this top portion of text right here. So I'll just go ahead and use Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus to zoom in and I'll just pan over to show you that right in the middle. And so I've got this bit of text here which is sort of like a blog post and I've got several other examples of it down here at the bottom as well.
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  1. 1m 9s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 25m 50s
    1. Designing for screens
      1m 8s
    2. Decoding screen size and resolution
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring the PSD-to-HTML workflow
      2m 25s
    4. Setting up Photoshop for web work
      5m 29s
    5. Creating a new document for web
      2m 36s
    6. Creating a new document for mobile
      4m 24s
    7. Setting up a responsive web layout
      3m 31s
    8. Creating email newsletter documents
      3m 8s
  3. 20m 39s
    1. Adjusting color settings
      4m 13s
    2. Understanding web color
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a color palette
      4m 56s
    4. Creating custom swatches
      3m 34s
    5. Applying color to shapes and graphics
      3m 56s
  4. 20m 36s
    1. Exploring the Layers panel
      4m 9s
    2. Renaming and grouping layers
      7m 19s
    3. Searching and filtering layers
      3m 11s
    4. Using layer comps effectively
      3m 4s
    5. Using automatic layer selection
      2m 53s
  5. 29m 2s
    1. Using vector shapes vs. pixel shapes
      3m 31s
    2. Creating vector shapes
      5m 2s
    3. Working with fills and strokes
      4m 36s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      7m 47s
    5. Importing images
      3m 57s
    6. Cropping and resizing images
      4m 9s
  6. 28m 48s
    1. Planning your project
      3m 13s
    2. Using guides and rulers
      6m 40s
    3. Using a grid system
      8m 28s
    4. Developing a layout with shape layers
      4m 4s
    5. Making pixel-perfect adjustments
      6m 23s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Using point text vs. paragraph text
      2m 10s
    2. Using text as text vs. using text as an image
      2m 47s
    3. Understanding web-safe fonts
      2m 41s
    4. Inserting placeholder text
      4m 2s
    5. Creating and using character styles
      2m 37s
    6. Creating and using paragraph styles
      6m 11s
    7. Creating editable 3D text
      2m 51s
  8. 26m 54s
    1. Understanding layer styles
      7m 0s
    2. Creating and using drop shadows
      3m 23s
    3. Creating better bevels
      6m 9s
    4. Simulating metallic textures
      5m 8s
    5. Saving and applying layer styles
      2m 48s
    6. Turning layer styles into independent layers
      2m 26s
  9. 50m 23s
    1. Starting with a wireframe
      54s
    2. Organizing page structure
      2m 29s
    3. Adding master elements
      5m 37s
    4. Creating navigation
      4m 36s
    5. Working with photographs
      4m 0s
    6. Working with text
      8m 31s
    7. Creating media placeholders
      7m 22s
    8. Creating buttons
      7m 15s
    9. Creating form fields
      7m 54s
    10. Simulating pages with layer comps
      1m 45s
  10. 33m 38s
    1. Understanding slicing
      2m 4s
    2. Slicing up a mockup
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding web file formats
      4m 3s
    4. Exploring the Save for Web dialog
      5m 3s
    5. Optimizing photographs
      4m 17s
    6. Optimizing transparent graphics
      4m 56s
    7. Saving Retina display graphics
      5m 34s
    8. Using the Image Generator (NEW)
      3m 26s
  11. 10m 40s
    1. Understanding image sprites
      1m 25s
    2. Creating a sprite grid
      2m 54s
    3. Assembling a sprite
      4m 51s
    4. Optimizing sprites for the web
      1m 30s
  12. 18m 6s
    1. Creating a basic action
      5m 28s
    2. Exploring batch processing
      2m 55s
    3. Creating droplets
      3m 20s
    4. Using the Fit Image command
      4m 5s
    5. Using the Image Processor
      2m 18s
  13. 6m 56s
    1. Integrating PSD files with Dreamweaver
      3m 22s
    2. Integrating PSD files with Fireworks
      1m 59s
    3. Integrating PSD files with Muse
      1m 35s
  14. 50s
    1. Goodbye
      50s

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Photoshop CS6 for Web Design
4h 56m Appropriate for all Jul 17, 2012 Updated Oct 04, 2013

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Join Justin Seeley as he reveals how designers can create vibrant web graphics, wireframes, and complete web site mockups in Adobe Photoshop. The course covers creating a custom web workspace for maximum efficiency; drawing, coloring, and optimizing web graphics; creating vector shapes and text that scale seamlessly; mastering transparency; building navigation bars and buttons; and speeding up these tasks with the Photoshop automation tools.

Topics include:
  • Customizing a web workspace
  • Decoding the mysteries behind screen size and resolution
  • Coloring web graphics
  • Using layers and layer comps effectively
  • Working with transparency
  • Creating wireframes on a grid
  • Styling text
  • Creating image sprites
  • Optimizing images as JPEG, GIF, or PNG files
  • Integrating with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite
Subjects:
Web Web Graphics Web Design Web Foundations
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Justin Seeley

Creating and using character styles

When you're working with type in Photoshop, chances are you're going to apply some formatting to a certain piece of text that you're going to need to use over and over again, especially if you're doing something like web site design where you have to use a lot of body copy. In this movie, I'll be exploring the Character Styles panel inside of Photoshop and how you can utilize that to help streamline your text workflow. Let's first zoom in on this top portion of text right here. So I'll just go ahead and use Command+Plus or Ctrl+Plus to zoom in and I'll just pan over to show you that right in the middle. And so I've got this bit of text here which is sort of like a blog post and I've got several other examples of it down here at the bottom as well.

And what I want to do is apply some formatting to some pieces of this text and then use that in other places in my design. So I'm going to grab my Text tool first and once I have my Text tool selected, I'm just going to click inside of this text box to open it up. And then let's open up the Character Styles panel. That's over here in my dock. If you don't see that, just go to Window and select Character Styles and it'll appear for you. Now I notice when I have this open that there is automatically a None in the Character Styles which is selected. And I I'll also see this little Plus sign, which is next to it.

The Plus sign indicates that there's a style override, meaning that there is something overriding what this style is supposed to look like. I'm going to go ahead and remove that right off the bat, so I'm just going to clear the override with this little button here. When I do that, this is just going to give me plain text just like this, and that's okay, because this is what I want to start from, just plain old text. So now what I'm going to do is just select a piece of text. I'm going to come over into my Swatches panel and change it to blue. I am then going to come up and click on the Type panel button right here to toggle on the Character and the Paragraph panels, and then I'm going to underline that text.

Once I have that done, I'm going to come back over to my Character Style panel, click on New, and it creates a new character style for me. With this character style here, I'm going to double-click where it says Character Style 1, and I'm going to call this Hyperlink. So now it should apply the color of blue and the Underline to whatever text I have, and I hit OK. There we go. So now the Hyperlink style has been created. Anytime I want, I can go in and I can select a piece text, like this for instance, and I can apply that Hyperlink style and it automatically adjusts that for me.

For the remainder of this text, if I want to set it up where I can utilize the other properties of this, I'll need to set up something called a paragraph style, which would affect the overall look and feel of this paragraph as well as this heading. And that's something that we're going to explore in the very next movie.

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