Character Styles dialog

The Character Styles dialog allows you to change character styles and create new styles. You can later apply character styles to individual letters or words in different places in your project by choosing them in the text editor.

For example, you can create a custom character style with wide letter spacing for specific words and then apply that character style to selected words. Unlike paragraph styles, character styles do not have to apply to whole text frames or text objects.

  • You can open the Character Styles dialog in Engrave mode by choosing Engrave > Character Styles.

Figure: Character Styles dialog

The Character Styles dialog contains the following sections and options:

  1. Character styles list

    Contains all the character styles in the project.

    The action bar at the bottom of the list contains the following options:

    • New

      Allows you to create a new character style with default values.

    • New from Selection

      Creates a new style based on the selected one. Initially no values are overridden but you can change options for your new style.

    • Save as Default

      Copies the selected style to your library so that it is available in other projects.

    • Revert to Factory

      Removes all your changes to the selected predefined character styles, reverting them to the default factory settings.

    • Delete

      Deletes the selected style.


      You cannot delete predefined character styles or any character style that is currently used in your project.

  2. Name

    Allows you to enter a name for new character styles or edit the name of existing paragraph styles.

  3. Character style options

    Allow you to change parameters of the character style, such as changing the font, making the font bold, changing the size of the font, and changing the letter or word spacing. You can also make the font in paragraph styles appear underlined or overlined, and change the vertical alignment of characters.

  4. Color options

    Allow you to change the foreground and background colors of the character style.