Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and updating character styles, part of Up and Running with Styles in InDesign CS5.
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Character Styles differ from Paragraph Styles, and that they can be applied to …only a selected range of text. Character Styles are useful when …fine-tuning text within your layout. This is why we use Paragraph Styles for …all of the global formatting of text, and the Character Styles for all of the local formatting. …Let's take a look at our layout here, and I'm going to zoom in on this paragraph at …the very bottom of my text. And so, let's say we wanted to apply bold …formatting to KSC, but there's other areas within our text that we also want …to apply bold. So, using my Type tool, I'm going to …select this text. And one of the questions that I often get …asked is, where's the B and the I button inside of InDesign? …Well, the reality is, is that InDesign doesn't have a B or an I button to make …things Bold and Italic. The only way I can make them Bold or …Italic is by actually going to the Character Formatting and choosing the …option from the list. I'm going to choose Bold from the Style …
- What are styles and why should I use them?
- Setting up and applying styles
- Dealing with style overrides
- Text styles
- Object styles
- Table styles
- Using style groups
- Sharing styles between documents