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A beginner's guide to styling a Story in Inception

A beginner's guide to styling a Story in Inception

As a designer, you might want to make quick and simple changes to the way a Story looks by changing the color or size of a font, the color of the background, and so on.

Web developers can create Styles, but for general users who want to make simple changes this process may come across as technical and complex.

This beginner's guide is aimed to show you how simple changes can be made quickly and easily.

Ways of styling a Story

Before we start it is important to understand that style changes can be made in the following ways:

  • You can select some text in the Story and change the styling for it, such as applying a 'bold' style to a word. This is a quick and simple way of making a small change in a single Story.

By selecting text, you can change the following:

  • Drop shadow
  • Bold
  • Italic
  • Strikethrough
  • Underlined
  • Uppercase
  • Lowercase
  • Text color
  • Text background color
  • Font style
  • Font size
  • You can change the properties of a component to change the styling for that whole component.

Depending on the type of component, you can change the following:

  • Text alignment (left, center or right)
  • Drop cap
  • Character spacing
  • Line spacing
  • You can choose a Style variant with predefined styles. Instead of manually applying the same styling, apply a Style variant in which this styling is already set.
  • You can adjust a style by editing the CSS code. Any text that uses that style (in any Story) will be automatically updated. Even when you have never edited CSS code before, making small changes is a relatively simple process.

Styling and Brands

Inception can be set up to work with Brands: an environment for a publication or project in which dedicated fonts, Styles and Style variants are made available.

This makes sure that a Story for a particular Brand or project is styled correctly.

Depending on which Brand you work in, you might therefore see differences in the available fonts, Styles and Style variants.

For more information, see Working with Brands in Inception.

Styling by selecting text

Styling by selecting text

Styling by changing properties

Setting the styling properties

Styling by choosing a Style variant

Choosing a Style variant

Styling by editing the CSS code

The Style Editor

Document history

  • 4 April 2017: Renamed 'Properties panel' to 'Component Properties panel'
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