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Lesson 4. Publishing a Newsletter > Creating and applying styles

Creating and applying styles

With the work just completed, you have established the basic design for the headlines. To define a paragraph style for the headline, do the following:

With the type cursor positioned anywhere in the headline text (you can also have part or all of the headline text selected), choose New Paragraph Style from the Paragraph Styles palette menu (Type > Paragraph Styles, or Window > Type & Tables > Paragraph Styles).

In the New Paragraph Style dialog box, name the style Headline and click OK. (See illustration on next page.)

Now a new paragraph style called Headline is listed in the Paragraph Styles palette. Note that this new style is not highlighted, even though the text cursor is still positioned in the headline text. The formatting of the current paragraph defined a style, but another step is required to link the current paragraph to that style.

With the text cursor still positioned inside the headline text, click the Headline style entry in the Paragraph Styles palette. This will assign that style to the current paragraph.

Just to see how this works, with the cursor still positioned inside the headline text, click [Basic Paragraph] in the Paragraph Styles palette. This will apply the default paragraph text formatting to the current paragraph. Click the Headline paragraph style again to get a properly formatted headline.

This way, paragraph styles can be designed for a range of headlines, including, for example, a large headline style for the main headline on the front page, a medium sized one for other stories, and a small-sized headline to be used within the text run of a story.

For this lesson, just one more paragraph style is needed, a style for body text.

Select the Type tool, and click anywhere in the text of the main story below the headline.

Choose Edit > Select All (Ctrl-A /Command-A). This will select all text in the story, including the overflow text in the frame on page 3.

Open the Character palette (Type > Character or Window > Type & Tables > Character), and select Adobe Garamond Pro Regular 10 pt.

Create a new paragraph style named Body based on the current text formatting.

Assign the new paragraph style named Body to all paragraphs of the main story.

You would define and assign additional paragraph styles needed for the newsletter in the same manner. Styles can be defined for captions under a photo, for the byline with the name of the author of a story, or for generic text like page numbers and the “continued on page ...” text.

Now that the basic type styles for the newsletter have been set up, you can think about additional graphic elements to make your page more visually interesting. You might like to add horizontal lines as visual dividers of sections on the page, apply color to some text, place illustrations and photos, or have text wrap around other objects on the page.

Now would be a good time to save the changes. Choose File > Save.

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