Using the power of CC Libraries is the easiest way to share text styles across InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Create a style in InDesign and have it immediately available for you to use in Illustrator: No copy and paste required. The newer versions of the CC apps allow for both paragraph and character styling, which is an improvement over the ambiguous “text style” in previous versions of CC Libraries. More on how to overcome this limitation later, but first let’s discuss the good stuff!
First, we need to open our Libraries panel. In Photoshop and Illustrator, choose Libraries from the Window menu. In InDesign, you’ll need to select CC Libraries from the Window menu. Either choose an existing library from the pull-down menu, or select Create New Library.
When working with text in Illustrator or InDesign, you can easily add paragraph or character styles to a CC Library, even if you haven’t created a style in the app yet. Just because you don’t have to doesn’t mean you shouldn’t, and creating styles is always a good thing. In Photoshop, you’re limited to creating and using character styles only. Once you have text with styling that you’d like—in any of the three apps—select some of the styled text. In Photoshop, choose Add Character Style from the bottom of the Libraries panel. In Illustrator or InDesign, choose to add as either a character style or a paragraph style.
NOTE: If you’re going to be using the style in Photoshop, save it as a character style, as paragraph styles are not available for use.
Now you’re ready to use your newly-minted styles in a new document or in one of the other apps.
In Illustrator or InDesign, with no text or text frames selected, right-click or control-click on a style name in the library and choose Add to Paragraph (or Character) Styles. If you have text—or a text frame—selected, you can choose Apply Paragraph (or Character) Style, which of course adds it to your document’s styles as well as applying it.
In Illustrator, if you have a frame or text selected, you can double-click on a style name to quickly apply and add that style to the document. InDesign makes it even easier: Shift-select all the styles you want to add, then right-click or control-click and choose Add to Paragraph Styles.
In Photoshop, select text to style, then right- or control-click the character style from the Libraries panel, and choose Apply Character Style. While it applies the text styling, it doesn’t actually add anything to the Character Styles panel. If you start with no text selected, you can choose Use in Document from a style’s name, which adds a new text layer with styled text on it. You’ll have to create paragraph or character styles from this styled text.
NOTE: If you’ve created a style in Photoshop or an older version of CC Libraries, you can only save as a character style or the generic “text” styles, respectively. Once in InDesign or Illustrator, you can select text styled with that character/text style, then create a new paragraph style from that styled text. Remember to remove the now unnecessary character style from the text and Character Style panel.Tags