Create the paragraph the way you want. With it selected, choose new
paragraph style from the paragraph styles panel menu. It will be created
using the attributes of the selected paragraph.
Don't you need to go through the paragraph and assign individual paragraph styles?
You can set them either way, i.e. you can set the paragraph the way you want it to look and then assign a Paragraph Style to it (as Bob describes above) or alternatively set up the styles first in the Paragraph Styles panel and then assign them to your text.
Also, understand about Character Styles. That is where you apply a style such as bold and/or italic within a paragraph style.
And, of course, there's also Object Styles, for guess what – Yes – applying style to objects, such as fills and borders.
Thanks Bob let me try to illustrate my confusion.
Example paragraph with subheads, body text and paragraph indention.
1. I would drop in text. 2. Go through text selecting and assigning font styles 3. Select new formatted subhead....create new paragraph style....select text paragraph...assign new paragraph style.
The quick brown dog......... Subhead with font styles
Aconsequis doluptur ma.......Body text font with paragraph indent
pel ipsanihit lam, que voloria
comnis moluptas et molendi di
If I'm starting with raw, unformatted text, I tend to establish my Body Paragraph Style first, and apply that to all the text. Then I'll select a paragraph that I want to be in the next style up the hierarchy (say Subhead), create a new Paragraph Style and define its attributes. Then I'll make my Heading style based on the Subheading style. That way, everything is inherited from that Body style, so if you want to, say, change the font throughout the document, you go back and edit the Body style.
Also, you can assign shortcut keys to Paragraph Styles for quicker application.