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2.4 How to Redefine Styles in Your Template

As well as changing content such as text and images in your proposal, you can also flex your creative muscles when it comes to customizing your template. Over the next three lessons, I'm going to show you three ways you can give your template a completely unique look. By the end, it won't be obvious at all that you used a template in the first place. In fact, you can probably tell your colleagues that you created it from scratch. It will be our little secret, okay. So one of the most transformative methods for customizing a template is to switch up the fonts and typographic formatting in your document. And this is so fun. I love playing around with typography. The best bit about working with a template is that you can play around with the font and formatting. And then simply redefine the paragraph style, which applies the new formatting to all other instances of the style. So let's look at just how to do that. So first, we need to think about the sort of font style we might want to use in our template. At the moment we have a serif font which is Playfair Display for the headers, and a sans serif Raleway for the subtitles and body text. A simple way of making the design look more unique would be to reverse this, changing the headers to a sans serif and the body text to a serif. From Envato Elements, I'm going to pick two fonts to swap into my proposal. Let's look for the sans serif first. So in Envato Elements, go to Browse > Fonts > San-Serif. If you prefer, you can browse through the selection and pick a font of your own choice. I'm going to opt for Bergen Text. I just really like this font, it's got a really bouncy, friendly style. And I think it's going to add a bit more character to my proposal. So once you've picked a font, download it and install it onto your computer. Let's head back to the template document and try it out. So scroll up to page three in the template, which is the contents page. Select the main headers text frame with your selection tool and then switch to the type tool. You'll notice that this switches the options now showing on the top controls panel, which now give you the character formatting options. So let's change the font first. So open up the font menu and type in B-E-R. And there we go. Let's choose Bergen Text in the bold weight, okay? So this shifts the baseline of the text up a bit, so to keep everything a bit more nicely spaced, let's increase the font size to 68 points. And let's also space out the two lines of text by increasing the leading to 62 points, cool. I really like the look of that. So what I'm going to do is redefine that as a header style for the whole document. So in the Paragraph Styles panel, right-click on the Main Big Titles style and choose Redefine Style. And now when you scroll through the document, you'll notice that all the headers have switched to the new styles, so how handy is that? You might need to expand some text frames if any text is overflowing, and do a bit of shuffling about. But otherwise, by redefining the style, you've given your whole proposal an instant makeover in just a few steps. Let's keep this technique going by swapping in a different font for some of the body text, too. So back in Envato Elements, let's see what serif fonts we have on offer. I actually really love serif fonts for body text, they can look really elegant. And they still look very modern when they're paired with more modern sans serif headers. So you can go ahead again and make your own choice, or go along with what I'm going to pick, which is going to be Addington CF. So get that downloaded and installed onto your computer, and when you're ready head back to InDesign again. So for editing the body text styles, it makes sense to start on a page that is a bit more text-heavy. So scroll on down to page six which has the title The Working Process. And here we've got lot's of different styles to adjust. So let's start with the subheading below working process. Select the text frame as before and switch to the type tool, let's change the font to Addington CF and choose a medium weight. Let's switch off all caps to make the text lower case, which I think suits this font style a bit better. Looks to me like the sizing and leading is pretty good. So back to the Paragraph Styles panel, and on the h4 style, right-click and choose Redefine Style. Awesome, let's keep going. Select the small subheading reading Analyze the brief. And set the font to this to Addington CF Bold. And let's up the font size a little to 15 points. And then right-click and choose Redefine Style. Okay, interesting, you can see that the sizing has been applied but not the font. And the reason for this is that the original text frame that we edited had an enhanced version of the style applied to it. There's no need to panic, it's really easy to sort out. So just select the text frames. And once you've done that, click on the style name and that will reset that style. Okay, cool. So now we can apply the Addington CF font to the body text below the Analyze the brief heading. So let's go for a regular weight and increase the font size just slightly to 10 points and then right-click and Redefine Style as before. And we'll have to do the same process, selecting all the text frames and clicking on the style to reset it. For any text that's paired with other paragraph styles in the same text frame like over here on the right hand page. Simply put your type tool cursor in the paragraph, and click on the style name to reset it for that paragraph. So there we have it. So you can start to see that by tweaking the font and formatting of your text, you're really starting to give your proposal a fresh new look. And redefining your styles in your InDesign document is a super quick way of applying your new formatting to all the text in your document. It's much, much quicker than manually changing all the text in your proposal. Our template reinvention isn't over quite yet. In the next lesson, we are going to take a look a lot color in our proposal and give our template a really quick makeover that's going to make it look a bit more fun and edgy.

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