Learn how to take character formatting to the next level by working with different fonts, typefaces, attributes, and character styles that can be applied, even created for future use.
- [Instructor] Well, we've already learned how paragraph and character formatting can really change the look of our document. We're going to dive a little deeper into character formatting, focusing in on fonts and character options or styles as we continue with our LeafAndMortarBio document we've been building. 0302, if you're catching up. Let's say, for example, in this first paragraph we find some content that we want to stand out. Bring it off the page, if you will. Well, we can simply go in there and select the content we want to format, knowing that that's going to be character formatting, and take it a step further.
So let's go into this first paragraph and where it says our team is now led by Roberto's son, Tony Luis Salvador, we're going to select that all the way to the end of that sentence. There we go. With it selected, we'll go over here to the inspector under text with the format button selected, and we'll focus in on this font group here. You can see the current font, and this is from the font family, the type face set to regular, the font size.
You can also see the characteristics that can be applied, like bold, italic, underline, and some additional options hiding behind the advanced options dropdown. The color and something called character styles. Let's start with character styles because there may be some built-in character styles to choose from. Sure enough, we can apply something like link, italic, emphasis. Well, we do want to emphasize this sentence, so let's click emphasis and see what happens. Well, some of these attributes have been applied, such as bolding, as you can see here.
Bold is now selected under that character style emphasis. Let's go back to the dropdown and try a different one. Let's go to underline. And you can see it simply underlines the text. That's the same as clicking the underline button right here. But we can combine these and create our own character styles as well. Let's click the underline button to take off the underlining and let's change the character style back to none. Instead we might want to change the font face of the font family, and there are different fonts to choose from clicking this dropdown.
Your list may be different than mine, it all depends what you have installed. But you can see it is an alphabetical list. If we type in a letter, like the letter G, it's going to take us to the Gs. You can see it's highlighted down there at the bottom, the first one. And I'm going to go to one here. Gill Sans. Or sans, as some people pronounce it. With that selected, it's a very subtle change that's happened now to our content, but we're not done. With that selected, if we go to the font face or type face options, you can see there are some cool options to choose from here, like ultrabold.
And that's a little bit too much. So we'll go back to it and try something else. How 'about semibold italic? That's kind of nice. It's still very subtle but it does stand out from the rest of the paragraph. Now we can apply some additional features by going to our dropdown here for advanced options. Give that a click and let's focus on what we see down at the bottom. We can create an outline, strikethrough, which wouldn't apply here but is very useful in editing documents when you want to show what's been removed.
I like this one down below though, shadow. Let's turn the shadow on. With that selected, look what happens down below. We see some different shadow options that can be adjusted. And I think we need to do a little adjusting. It looks like the shadow is coming way off the page here. And that's because of the offset. The blur at one point seems to be working well. I like the blurred effect of the shadow. But it's way too far from the text. So let's bump this down using the down arrow. With each click you can see the shadow getting closer and closer to the text itself.
I'm going to go down to one point. And perhaps change the angle. We can use the up and down arrows to change an angle, but we can also rotate using this little wheel. Going to bring it around to around 226. There we go. You can see that effect. It's really standing off the page at this point. Now that's using a black shadow at 100% opacity. In other words, we can't see through it. But we can add some realism to the shadow by first of all changing the color, maybe to a dark gray. And you can see how that affects our text in the background.
And now we can even make it a little bit see through by bumping this down to a suitable level. Or click and drag over what's there and type in a value. I'm going to go down to 75%, and press return. That looks pretty good. So just click in the background and that dialog disappears. And we've now applied a number of different effects. And if we go to character styles, and we want to be able to reuse this going forward in this document, all we have to do is add our own character style based on what's selected here by clicking the plus sign.
All we have to do now is name it. So in this case we might call it shadow italic, like so. Press return. Now if there's something else in this document that we want to apply this to, we'll just click in the document itself so nothing's selected. You can see how that does stand off from the rest of the text on our page. We could now go down and select some additional text, like Association of Professional Landscape Designers down here at the bottom of page two.
Now we can go to character styles and select the one we just created with a single click. Click in the background to deselect. So the font options you have available to you here in Pages gives you a number of different possibilities when it comes to character formatting in your documents.
- Customizing the user interface
- Setting up documents
- Formatting characters and paragraphs
- Working with built-in styles
- Adjusting page layout
- Working with templates
- Adding boxes, objects, images, and shapes
- Working with tables and charts
- Sharing and collaborating on documents