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Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS6 now includes the paragraph styles and character styles panels so that you can save styles and apply them to other text with other images, or even within the same image. This makes it much easier to apply consistent styles across multiple images or documents. When you're working with text in Photoshop, lets take a look at how these panels work. I'll go ahead and chose the type tool from the toolbox and then I'll just click into the image and type some text, literally, I'll then select that text by pressing Ctrl + A on Windows or Cmd + A on Macintosh, and I'll adjust the properties for the text, ill change to a different font, everyone's favorite, comic sans I'll make that font bold and I'll increase the size a little bit. And I'll also change the color for the text to red. I've now defined this text and of course red, bold, Comic Sans, who wouldn't love it? I'm probably going to want to apply this style a lot to other text, in other images, or even other text in this image. So let's take a look at how we can save that style. On the Window menu, I'll choose Paragraph Styles in order to bring up the Paragraph Styles panel.
With my text selected, I'll go ahead and click the Create New Paragraph Style button, the blank sheet of paper icon at the bottom of the Paragraph Styles panel, and then I'll double-click on that style so that I can give it a new name. I'll just call this Comic Red Bold. I can also change the various attributes of the text right here in the Option dialog. So I can specify any of my additional settings For the text or refine them if I'd like to. And note that making changes to the paragraph style will change all texts with that style.
I'll go ahead and click OK. And now I have a new comic red bold paragraph style. I'll then go ahead and create a new style. I'll add some more text. And then I will select that text. For this text, I'll change the color to blue and I'll choose a different font. Let's just go with Arial in this case, and I'll set the style to Italic. I'll go ahead and add a new Paragraph Style, and double-click once again, and this one we'll call Blue Italic Arial. I'll go ahead and click Okay, to create that style. And now, if I add additional text, I can also apply a style to that text. I'll go ahead and select the text, and then on the Paragraph Styles panel, I can choose one of the styles.
Of course, because my settings for the text are as I left them when I created my blue italics aerial style this text has the exact same appearance but I could change it for example to the comic red bold style, in this case. However, since I had the basic paragraph selected I need to revert the style here, so ill go ahead and click that button, the first button at the bottom of the paragraph Styles panel, and now you can see the comic red bold style has been applied, I'll press control h on windows or command h on Macintosh to hide the selection of the text so that you can see the actual effect.
And as you can see, I can switch back and forth between those paragraph styles in order to apply a particular style to my text. Character styles are very similar to paragraph styles. They're essentially just hierarchical. With Character styles, we're only modifying a handful of settings, where as paragraph styles will effect all settings for the text. I'll go ahead and create a new character style Let's assume that I want to add an underlined capability for part of the text. I'll go ahead and bring up the Character Styles panel first by choosing Window > Character Styles from the menu. And then I'll select one of my text layers, I'll choose the More Text layer in this case, I'll simply double-click on that text layer on the Layers panel. And then if I want part of that text to be underlined I'll select that particular portion and then I'll bring up the Character and Paragraph panels by clicking the button on the options bar, and I'll set the option for this text to Underline.
I can then go ahead and close those panels and I'll make a new Character Style. I'll click on the blank sheet of paper icon, the new Character Style Button. At the bottom of the Character's Style panel. I can then double-click on that Character Style and you'll notice that the underline option is turned on. And I'll just call this character style Add Underline. I'll click Okay. And now I can select other texts. I'll go ahead and activate my sum text layer. And I'll select the first word, sum. And then I'll add an underline to that particular text. I can then commit that change.
And you can see that I'm applying a change to specific text, whereas the paragraph styles override all attributes for all of the text. So with the addition of the Paragraph styles, and Character styles panels in Photoshop CS6, you can see that it's very easy to maintain consistent styles across multiple images, and multiple type layers.