InDesign 2.6 [character styles]

“Working With Character Styles”

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  1. After you have typed (or placed) your text, you can set up a character style for individual characters. The advantage of using character styles is that you can re-use your styles at points later on in your document. Select the text characters you would like to edit and select the character styles window from the left or select Window > Type and Tables... > Character Styles.
  2. Next create and name a new character style by clicking the new character style button (red circle in image below).[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
  3. Double click your new character style to bring up the Character Style Options dialog box.
  4. You can adjust many different options under the basic character formats option:[Premium Content - Login] [Membership Options]
    • Font Type: Select the name of your desired font.
    • Font Style: Select if you want your font to be bold, italic, etc.
    • Font Size: Specify the font size (in points). If you want a size not listed in the default list, you can manually type a value in this box.
    • Letting: Letting controls the space between lines of type. The value is usually 2.5 points greater than the point size of the type (the default value is shown in parenthesis).
    • Kerning: Kerning is mostly used for headings and titles. It adjusts the amount of space between two individual characters.\
    • Tracking: Tracking is used for the main body of text. It adjusts the overall spacing of both characters and words.


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