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When you have more than just a few paragraphs of text in a document, it makes a lot of sense to start working with style sheets. Now, style sheets can be based on paragraph formatting or on character formatting or both. A character style and a paragraph style can be used to apply formatting to text that you want to change the formatting of and once you have applied styles to characters and paragraphs, you can then go back and change those styles and the text that you've applied those styles to will change to match the changes you have made to the styles.
Now, styles aren't cast in stone. When you apply a style to a selection of text, you can still override that style with local formatting anywhere you would like. So it might be helpful to think of styles as tags, not as absolute formats but rather as, hey! I want this paragraph to sort of logically be like this and I want that paragraph to be logically another thing. For example, in this newsletter we have a lot of stories and they all begin with a headline and some body copy. If we click through the text and look at the Style Sheets palette, we can see that this paragraph has the Heads style assigned to it.
Whereas the paragraph below it has the Stories style assigned to it. If we make a change to the definition of the style, it will change the look of this paragraph and all the other paragraphs that have that style assigned to it. So in some workflows, it actually make sense to create the styles without really much thought to what their formats will be. Apply the styles to the text in some kind of logical fashion, Head, Story, Story, Head, Story like that. Then you can go back in and redefine or change those styles, and as you change them you can see how it affects all the text in your document.
In the next few movies, I'll show you how to create styles, edit styles, apply them to text, copy styles from one document to another and what happens when you delete styles.
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