Learn the basics of formatting text in Adobe InDesign CC, including changing font and font size, understanding the difference between character and paragraph formatting, and saving text formatting as a style.
What you learned: Change font and font size
- Select text with the Type tool in the Tools panel or select a text frame with the Selection tool to apply the same formatting to all text within a frame.
- In the Control panel above the document, click the Character Formatting Controls to see formatting such as font, font size, and more or choose Type > Character to open the Character panel.
- When selecting a font in the Font Family menu, you can click Add Fonts From Typekit to open the Typekit website. On the Typekit website, select a font and (click the button to) sync it. Apply the font in InDesign. Choose a font style associated with the selected font, such as bold, from the Font Style menu.
- Change the font size by choosing a size from the menu, typing in a value, or clicking the arrows to the left of the field.
What you learned: Format basic text
- Select the Type tool in the Tools panel and drag across text to select it.
- In the Control panel above the document, there are two types of text formatting that you can apply to text: character formatting and paragraph formatting. Character formatting, such as font and font size, applies to selected text or all of the text in a selected text frame. Paragraph formatting, such as alignment, applies formatting to entire paragraphs.
- You can view text formatting in separate panels by choosing Type > Character or Type > Paragraph.
- With the character formatting showing in the Control panel, change the leading value to adjust the spacing between lines of text.
- Click the paragraph formatting option and change formatting such as the text alignment.
What you learned: Save text formatting as a style
- Text formatting can be saved as a text style in a document for formatting speed and consistency. Updating a text style will update all text with that same style applied.
- There are two types of text styles: paragraph and character. Paragraph styles save both character and paragraph formatting and apply to entire paragraphs of text. Character styles only save character formatting such as font and font size.
- Choose Type > Paragraph Styles to open the Paragraph Styles panel. Each new document starts with a basic paragraph style called “Basic Paragraph.” Local formatting may be removed by clicking the Clear Overrides button in the Paragraph Styles panel.
- To make a new style, click in the text with the Type tool or select the text, then click the Create New Style button at the bottom of the Paragraph Styles panel. Double-click the new style to rename it and press Return (Windows) or Enter (macOS) to make the name change. Click OK.
- To apply a paragraph style, insert the cursor in text and select a style name in the Paragraph Styles panel.
What you learned: Edit text styles
- In the Paragraph Styles panel, either right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) the style name in the panel and choose Edit [style name] or simply double-click the style name.
When you change the definition of a style, all of the text in the document, formatted with that style changes to match the new style definition.
- Change the text formatting for the style in the dialog box and click OK.