Photoshop: Basic Paragraph style should be editable

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Photoshop "Basic Paragraph" should be editable. Currently I cannot edit the options without creating a new paragraph style. I don't understand because, this function works perfectly in Illustrator and Indesign. It is very frustrating to have Myriad be the default font ALL the time. Ugh. A waste of time to keep making new ones. This need is for typesetting websites. Please fix this bug!https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1070352
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Linda Lee

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Hi Linda,

The reasons that Photoshop's Basic Paragraph is different than AI and ID is because our working model is also different.  Our tools should show the users last state.  As a result in PS, unlike AI and ID, each type layer can have a totally different "starting point" for font face, style, point size, color, etc.  As a result, in order for higher-order type styles to work, there needs to be a common baseline for users that share documents.  Basic Paragraph is the result -- it is standard based on language, with only a couple having different settings and only for linguistic reasons.

Does that make sense?

As a result, there are no plans to change this.  In fact, for users working across multiple versions/users, particularly with Type Styles, changing it could be a disaster.

Thanks,
David
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Linda Lee

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Hi David,
Thank you for your response. That does and doesn't make sense at the same time. It really makes it inconvenient to build websites in, but I guess since all the other million web designers aren't really complaining too much, then it isn't really an issue of high value. I suppose Photoshop really isn't made for web design and type setting in the first place. :)

Thank you for the explanation,
Linda
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Howdy Linda,

Actually, one of my goals is to make Photoshop more friendly toward web design and type setting folks.  So, I would love to hear your thoughts so as to build a better typographic mouse trap!

You do know that you can create a giving paragraph style, important that into relevant documents, and use that as a point of departure for text, right?

Please feel free to share any bugs, issues, or workflow snafus that you encounter -- the more voices and stories I hear and can share, the more focus I can apply to some of these issues.

Thanks,
David
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Stan Grabowski

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This is a huge issue really. Trying to modify the base paragraph style should update it per document. I don't want the same base style for EVERY file I work on. I should be able to update each document's base style. I know I can create new paragraph styles but that's tedious, and you still have to apply it to all new text you make, which kinda defeats the purpose of paragraph styles in the first place.
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Hi Stan,

Actually, Photoshop's default font attributes are sticky from document to document and launch to launch.  That means, unless you reset them, they will remain the last thing you set them to until you change them.  So, if you want all your documents to be 15pt Tahoma and red, set that once and the Type Tool settings will stay that way until you change them or select something with different attributes.

As for Paragraph and Character Styles, those can be imported and exported from any document in a matter of seconds.  So if you have a library of standard settings that you like, you can re-use it in all your other documents.

Hope that helps,
David