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InDesign Text Frames – [Video Tutorial] + Paragraph & Character Styles

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InDesign Text Frames

Lean how to add text to a document with InDesign text frames. In this video we will also be going over some best practices of type including how to create paragraph and character styles, and the importance of nested styles.


Text Frames

Adding new text to a document is easy with text frames. Select the type tool in the toolbar or press T. Click and drag on an empty part of the document or background to create a frame for the text.

Text styling options such as weight, color, and alignment can be found in the top toolbar.

To get back to the selection tool simply press Escape.

To make changes to the text in a frame simply double click it.

Paragraph Styles

In the same way that it is best practice to set up styles for objects, the same can be done with text in paragraph styles. Every field such as product, description, and price should have its own paragraph style regardless of whether it seems necessary at the time or not. Setting up your document in this way makes it very simple to change anything post spray.

First open the Paragraph Styles panel in Type > Paragraph Styles. In this example we are going to style the text before assigning the style so that InDesign captures every stylistic detail.

Select one section, such as the product name and click New Paragraph Style. You can only have one paragraph style per line, so if you want price and say product number on the same line with different styles that is what Character Styles are for.

Character Styles

Open the character style panel in Type > Character Styles and create new in the same way, by clicking New Character Style.


Nested Styles

It is also possible to create multiple character styles in the form of nested styles like in this example.

To create this styled number from this un-styled text, set up character styles for each of the effects shown using the Create New Style button. The number sign and cents have a simple superscript applied, the number is formatted to be bold, and the period has been made invisible.