Character Styles panelWhether you’re trying to maintain a consistent brand identity across a number of documents, or simply hoping to try out a number of different looks for your new project, the Character Styles panel can save you time and energy. Instead of having to manually change the typeface, the font size, the color, and the alignment of one text box after another, Character Styles let you choose a look for all of your type, and apply it any time you want with a single click.

Later on, if you decide all of your type needs to be a little bit smaller, you can reduce font size in the Character Style panel and watch as an entire document’s worth of text is all adjusted at once.

To find the Character Style panel, go to Type > Character Styles. Once it’s open, you can create your first style by hitting the Create New Style button on the bottom of the window. Double click on the new style named “Character Style 1” and you can start choosing options for your style.

Character Style AppliedOnce you’ve finished defining your Character Style, you can click on any text box in your document, click on the name of your new Character Style, and it will be applied!

Later on, once you’ve built your document with character styles, it’s easy to change the look of your document all at once by making changes to your styles. Simply open up the Character Style you want to change, adjust any setting, and watch as that change is applied throughout your document!  Once you get the hang of Character Styles, you’ll save yourself hours of toil.

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