Paragraph Style Creation in Adobe CS5 Illustrator - dummies

Paragraph Style Creation in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

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:

1Open the Paragraph Styles panel.

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

2Find 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!

3Select 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.

4Create a paragraph of text elsewhere in your document.

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

5Put 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.