Paragraph Style Creation in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Paragraph styles include attributes that are applied to an entire paragraph. What constitutes a paragraph is all text that falls before a hard return (you create a hard return when you press Enter in Windows or Return on the Mac), so this could be one line of text for a headline or ten lines in a body text paragraph.

To create a paragraph style, open a document that contains text or open a new document and add text to it; then follow these steps:

1

Open the Paragraph Styles panel.

Choose Window→Type→Paragraph Styles to open the panel.

2

Find a paragraph of text that has the same text attributes throughout it and put your cursor anywhere in that paragraph.

You don’t even have to select the whole paragraph!

3

Select the Create New Style button to create a new paragraph style; give your new style a name.

The create new style button is the dog-eared icon at the bottom of the Paragraph panel. The keyboard shortcut for opening the create new style function is Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac). Your new style now appears in the Paragraph Styles panel list of styles.

4

Create a paragraph of text elsewhere in your document.

Make the new paragraph's attributes different from the text in Step 2.

5

Put your cursor anywhere in the new paragraph and Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac) your named style in the Paragraph Styles panel.

The attributes from the style are applied to the entire paragraph.

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