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3.5 Styling Your Proposal: How to Create Type Styles

Hey there, so in this lesson, we're going to look at how you can create types styles for your proposal. So we look briefly at paragraph styles back when we were adopting the proposal template from elements. But instead of redefining existing styles, here we're going to have to create our own styles from scratch. The advantage of this is that once you have a few style set up you can easily repeat these across lots of texts in your document, so they're well worth doing. In our proposal and progress document, let's make sure that the background layer is unlocked, and scroll down to the second full spread of our layout which starts on page four in Roman numerals. So we're going to format this two page layout unpopulated with text which we can then save as styles to use elsewhere in our document. So first step, let's add a bit of color. So use the rectangle tool to create a shape across the whole of the left hand page and set the fill of this to blue which is cyan 75. Add another shape over the top left corner setting the fill of this to 90% black, lock the background layer, and then unlock the shapes layer. So scroll up to the front cover and select the pair of circle shapes over on the right side and Copy them. And then scroll back down to the spread that we're working on and Edit > Paste in place. Change the lower circle's fill to blue gradient and the top half circle to 90% black. Okay, let's lock the shapes layer and start working on the top text layer. So let's create a large text frame over the bottom right corner of the dark rectangle on the left page, and type in the chapter number. Let's change the font color to paper, and change the font the Medulica bold. Put the font size to 200 points and the tracking to 40. Okay, so this is going to be our first type style. So go to window, and styles, and paragraph styles, and click on the create new style group icon at the bottom of the panel. Let's name this Chapter. With the text highlighted, choose New Paragraph Style from the Panel's menu. Let's name this Chapter Number and click OK. And that's it. So when you go to create a new chapter layout in your document, you can simply type in a number and then click on the style. And it will replicate all the formatting exactly as it is here. I'm going to add a little extra to this, just an asterisk for a little quirky touch. Okay, so let's keep going and just create a few more type styles. So creating the text frames along the bottom of the left page and type in the chapter title which is about us. This is going to be Modelica Bold and 8 to 6 points font size, 20 for the tracking and a paper font color New Paragraph Style, again, let's name this one Chapter Heading, and OK, awesome. Let's create a pool quote at the top of the right hand page, so new text frame. Type in your quote text. And this is going to be Modelica Bold, size 27 points. Up the leading to 38 points and the tracking to 20. And the font color is going to be 90% black, okay? So new paragraph style, this is going to be pull quotes, okay? You can also create multiple styles within a single text frame, so let's try that. Create a text frame below this pull quote. For now, you can go up to type and fill with Placeholder Text. Highlight the first paragraph and set that to Glenn Sans Extra Bold, size 12 points, and the lead-in to 18 points. Let's set the tracking to 20 and set the text in all caps. Highlight all this text and set the font color to 90% black. For the next paragraph down, set the font to Glenn Sans Bold, size 9 points, leading to 15 points and tracking to 20. So to create two different styles in the same frame. Let's just place your cursor into that first paragraph and choose New Paragraph Styles from the paragraph's style panel. And name this Opening Paragraph. Set your type cursor in the next paragraph down. And again, New Paragraph Style and name this one Body Text, okay? And to show you how I could apply styles to text, highlight the remaining text in that text frame, and click on the body text style, and there we go, the formatting is copied over. So, you can see how creating styles might take a bit of time. But actually, you're going to save yourself loads of time by using them, especially if your proposal is going to be quite a long document. In the next lesson, we're going to continue to build up the design of our proposal and we've been creating a stylish contents page for your design. So make sure you save your InDesign file and keep it open if you're moving straight on to the next lesson.

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