October 25, 2012 / Fall 2012 / Online Design

By Design with Online Design: Keeping your style

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Consistency is one of the main characteristics of a great yearbook. Tools exist to help designers maintain consistency. For example, Character Styles let designers quickly apply the same type of formatting throughout the yearbook.

Note that to do this exercise, you need Administrator or Editor permissions, or Font Management > Edit Styles permissions under the Staff tab.

1. In Page Editor, create and format a text block on your spread the way you want your new character style to be formatted.

2. Go to the Format menu and choose Make Character Style.

3. Go back to the Format menu and choose Character Style.

4. Click the Edit button by the newly created style.

5. Edit the name or any other formatting.

6. Save the formatted style.

7. With unformatted text highlighted, click the name of the style in the Character Styles palette. Now your created styles are accessible from any spread in the book.


Elizabeth Braden, CJE
Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.