Photoshop: Character and Paragraph styles should be consistent with the way InDesign handles them

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Can you make the Photoshop character and paragraph styles consistent with the way InDesign does them? InDesign has far superior usability.
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Bonnie Kittle

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eartho, Champion

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could you be more specific? which settings?

Ps has both Character and Paragraph styles... are you using an older version of Ps?
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Bonnie Kittle

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I'm using the latest version of photoshop on the creative cloud. I use InDesign and Photoshop daily. The way that you set styles, apply them, and modify them in Indesign is 100x more intuitive than Photoshop. When I go to edit an existing style in PS it doesn't always apply to all the instances. Using character styles in conjunction with Paragraph styles gets the system confused and sometimes it will just default all the styles to Myriad pro, 9pts and black for no reason whatsoever. If you've ever used InDesign's styles it is so much more refined and easy to use. I create large complicated web designs and it makes me nervous to use Photoshop styles in my day to day because it's broken so many times. 
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Jaroslav Bereza

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I wasted about 30 hours with this feature and it is just messed up. No one uses this feature for serious complex work in Photoshop. I rather wrote script for font remapping. Not as good as text styles would be but better than nothing. http://bereza.cz/ps/

Maybe I am harsh and wrong but if you have any evidence that someone uses this for serious work please send me link to video or something. This area of @David Mohr and I don't blame him because text layer seems to be super complicated thing in PS for programmers and styles makes it even harder.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I remember asking that years ago. After initially trying to use them, I quit using PS paragraph and character styles some time ago. If I'm setting enough text to make that worth it (whether in a single document or repeatedly using the same settings for multiple documents), I set it in ID and bring the PS file into ID, or sometimes the other way around.  I have a couple of templates that let me work easily between the two on a those documents that fit the templates.

What I was told way back when AI was overhauling their type features was that the type engine in ID is only in ID. Neither AI nor PS could do exactly what ID does, so unless they overhaul the engine, I gather it would break more than it would fix to try to achieve parity with ID in typesetting. That may just be  more about resources than an impossibility with the current type engine, but I would be surprised if they gave us all the same features—unless they're working on giving us the ID type engine in the back room and we won't know until they're ready to release.

All that said, if you're seeing that using a character style with a paragraph style resets everything to the default, that might be a bug they can fix. The question would be can you show when this happens consistently enough that they can find what causes it and fix it.