Paragraph Styles

Paragraph styles are the cornerstones of our layouts. Professional layout is often identified by its consistency, which is exactly what styles offer us. Nonetheless, I get pushback about taking the “time and trouble” to make styles. I sometimes hear statements like, “we don’t have a lot of text, just captions under photos” or “it’s a pretty simple doc, just headers and body copy.” So I’ll ask how many captions or headers there are or, more pointedly, what happens when a change of font or size is requested. When I say that such a change shouldn’t take more than maybe 10 seconds, no matter how large the document is, I usually get the listeners’ attention.

Creating a Paragraph Style

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