Join Chris Converse for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a paragraph style for the body text, part of Design the Web: Simulating Web Text.
Now to begin styling our text in Photoshop, I am going to open up webdesign.psd from the exercise files. I am going to zoom up here a little bit. Now, inside of Photoshop CS6, we are going to come up to the Window menu, come down and choose Character Styles. Let's go back to the Window menu, let's bring up Paragraph Styles. So now with these two palettes open I am going to customize my workspace. I am going to grab these and drag the Paragraph Styles above my Layers panel, and then the Character Styles underneath the Paragraph Styles. I'll resize these a little bit.
So the first thing I want to do is create a paragraph style and I want to base, it on the characters inside of this promo text. So if I select some of these characters, I can see this is Arial, set to regular, 14 pt, and a medium gray. So let's come over the Paragraph style. Let's come down and click New Paragraph Style. It's going to name this, Paragraph Style 1. Double-click it. So notice if you have some of the characters selected, Photoshop will pick up these styles. I'll start by renaming this body.
On the left-hand side, we can define other properties as well. Let's come down to OpenType Features. Let's turn off Standard Ligatures. We don't want to have any OpenType properties being set here since most browsers don't support that. Next, let's come down to Hyphenation. Let's turn Hyphenation off, since web browsers don't come with Hyphenation dictionaries. Let's come over here and click OK. Now that I have a Paragraph Style created, let's come down here. I am going to select all of the text here. I am going to click on Body. You will see a plus sign here. Many times when applying a Paragraph Style in Photoshop, Photoshop will add these styles to what is currently existing in that text block.
So we can come down here and click on this button here, which is Clear Overrides. Once we click on this, the text inside of his area will have all of the definitions of this Paragraph Style. Now to commit this change, let's come up here and click on the check sign. You can also hit Command+Return or Ctrl+Return in Photoshop to commit text changes. With our Type tool still selected, let's come out to the next text block. Let's do a Select All. Let's do a Clear Overrides. In some cases here, you will see that the text actually reverts back to its original state.
So what you do in Photoshop is come back, go back to Basic Paragraph style and then back to Body and that will reset it. Command+Return to commit. Next block, select all. I'll go to Basic Paragraph and then back to Body, then Clear Overrides. Command+Return to accept. And then up here for our Welcome text, we'll do a select all, Basic Paragraph, then back to Body, and then Clear Overrides. Command+Return to accept the text exchanges.
So now we have the body text assigned to all four of these Paragraph Styles. To test this, let's come back to the Paragraph Style, let's double-click Body, and if I come in here and make a change, Color for example, and come in here and make the Type Red, we'll see that all four text blocks in the background now show up as red. So I now have a Paragraph Style linked to all of these individual text blocks. So I am going to hit Cancel here and then Cancel one more time. So now that I have my workspace adjusted and I have my first Paragraph Style in place, next we'll create a Paragraph Style for the headings.