Font Management Essential Training
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Using fonts in Mac system applications


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Video: Using fonts in Mac system applications

In Mac OS X applications like text, edit and pages, there's a standard font window where you can access your font collections, choose specific font families and styles, and apply typographic features. So, let's take a look at how you can work with fonts in Mac System Applications. Starting here in text edit, I have a tool bar with basic controls for formatting text right at the top of the window up here. And in the family menu, I have a list of recent fonts up here at the top, and a show fonts command that we'll look at in a minute.
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  1. 1m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 16m 36s
    1. What is a font?
      3m 1s
    2. Understanding TrueType fonts
      2m 39s
    3. Understanding PostScript fonts
      2m 34s
    4. Understanding OpenType fonts
      3m 15s
    5. Understanding dfonts
      3m 5s
    6. Understanding web fonts
      2m 2s
  3. 23m 5s
    1. Understanding operating system default fonts
      2m 21s
    2. Understanding software-installed fonts
      4m 16s
    3. Finding free fonts
      6m 34s
    4. Purchasing fonts from foundries
      4m 0s
    5. Subscribing to font libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Creating custom fonts
      2m 6s
  4. 27m 39s
    1. Understanding font conflicts
      3m 37s
    2. Replacing the font cache
      3m 38s
    3. Converting fonts to different forms with TransType Pro
      5m 39s
    4. Checking the font version
      3m 54s
    5. Solving problems with zero-byte fonts
      3m 24s
    6. Fixing font problems with Smasher
      3m 35s
    7. Fixing font problems with FontDoctor
      3m 52s
  5. 30m 11s
    1. Understanding the Mac font folder hierarchy
      4m 5s
    2. Avoiding problems with Mac system fonts
      2m 3s
    3. Understanding Adobe application font folders
      5m 33s
    4. Understanding Microsoft Office fonts
      4m 39s
    5. Activating and deactivating fonts
      2m 10s
    6. Removing unnecessary fonts
      4m 27s
    7. Solving conflicts with Helvetica
      2m 28s
    8. Best practices for manual font organization on a Mac
      4m 46s
  6. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding the Windows Fonts Control Panel
      3m 13s
    2. Understanding the Adobe application font folders
      3m 7s
    3. Understanding Microsoft Office fonts
      1m 38s
    4. Activating and deactivating fonts
      2m 11s
    5. Removing unnecessary fonts
      3m 7s
    6. Best practices for manual font organization in Windows
      4m 20s
  7. 26m 47s
    1. Understanding the Font Book interface
      5m 23s
    2. Previewing and installing fonts
      6m 42s
    3. Enabling and disabling fonts
      2m 31s
    4. Organizing collections of fonts
      5m 17s
    5. Validating fonts
      2m 50s
    6. Exporting font collections
      2m 5s
    7. Printing font samples
      1m 59s
  8. 7m 8s
    1. Understanding the benefits of font management software
      2m 54s
    2. How to choose a font management solution
      4m 14s
  9. 41m 46s
    1. Understanding the Suitcase Fusion interface
      6m 58s
    2. Adding fonts
      2m 52s
    3. Organizing fonts with sets
      5m 42s
    4. Sharing font sets
      2m 11s
    5. Creating Smart Sets
      3m 5s
    6. Finding fonts
      3m 53s
    7. Activating and deactivating fonts
      4m 20s
    8. Using QuickMatch to find similar fonts
      2m 53s
    9. Using font auto-activation
      2m 58s
    10. Previewing and printing fonts
      4m 4s
    11. Backing up a font vault in the cloud
      2m 50s
  10. 29m 56s
    1. Avoiding problems with faux bold and italic
      4m 57s
    2. Managing and packaging fonts in InDesign
      6m 57s
    3. Managing and packaging fonts in Illustrator
      5m 13s
    4. Using fonts in Mac system applications
      4m 22s
    5. Using fonts in Windows 8 system applications
      4m 8s
    6. Font considerations for digital documents
      4m 19s
  11. 24m 16s
    1. Identifying fonts
      4m 22s
    2. Finding sources of typographic inspiration
      3m 56s
    3. Getting answers to font questions
      1m 51s
    4. Websites for creating fonts
      6m 42s
    5. Mobile apps for creating fonts
      2m 26s
    6. Creating fonts in InDesign
      4m 59s
  12. 42s
    1. Next steps
      42s

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4h 7m Appropriate for all Dec 11, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2015

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When you're working with type, you need a plan for sourcing, organizing, validating, and managing fonts. In this course, Mike Rankin explains the different types of fonts and font licenses available on Mac and Windows and where you can acquire new fonts. He'll show designers how to use built-in OS tools as well as third-party software to manage font libraries. He'll provide tips on organizing fonts, and troubleshooting common font problems.

Topics include:
  • What is a font?
  • Understanding TrueType, PostScript, and OpenType fonts
  • Using web fonts
  • Understanding what fonts come with your computer
  • Purchasing fonts
  • Activating and deactivating fonts
  • Installing fonts
  • Using Mac Font Book or Suitcase Fusion
  • Choosing font management software
  • Identifying fonts
  • Creating fonts in InDesign
Subject:
Design
Author:
Mike Rankin

Using fonts in Mac system applications

In Mac OS X applications like text, edit and pages, there's a standard font window where you can access your font collections, choose specific font families and styles, and apply typographic features. So, let's take a look at how you can work with fonts in Mac System Applications. Starting here in text edit, I have a tool bar with basic controls for formatting text right at the top of the window up here. There's a menu where I can choose a font family, and a style. And in the family menu, I have a list of recent fonts up here at the top, and a show fonts command that we'll look at in a minute. The styles menu shows me things like regular, light, oblique, bold, and so on. I also have buttons to apply bold, italic, an underline, followed by some paragraph level formatting controls. Note that the bold and italic buttons here are only available to use when the current font family includes actual bold and italic fonts. So you can't use them to apply fake italic and fake bold. They work now because I have helvetic the bold and italic fonts on this machine. But, if I switch my text to American Typewriter, here in the Font Family menu.

See how the bold and italic get grayed out, I can't apply them. Because there's no bold and italic versions of this font. Now let's go back to the Font Family menu, and check out Show Fonts. This opens up the font window where I get more options for formatting text. So there are controls here for effects like underline, strikethrough, text color, document background color. And on the left I can see my collections that I created in font book. And I can apply fonts from them. So I can select the PDF collection and apply times to my text. And bold, and change the size if I want to. At the bottom there are controls to add new font collections, or delete one. And there's an action popup where I can do things like show previews of my fonts. And access special characters with a menu that appears right at my cursor. So if I put my cursor at the end of the text. Choose characters. I can use this pop-up to apply different things, like these icons.

Or something like a trademark symbol just by double clicking. Back in the pop-up menu, the Typography item gives me access to typographic features of the current font. See you'll see different things with this command depending on what font you're currently working with. If I change my font to one like Myriad Pro, I'll see a whole bunch of options here. I'll have things like ligatures, number spacing, vertical position, fractions and lots of others. Back in the menu, you can choose Edit Sizes to change the font sizes that appear in your menu over here, and choosing Manage Fonts is a short cut to opening Font Book. There are also font related options in the format menu you'll see here in Text Edit. So, if I choose Format>Font, I can access things like kerning, ligatures, baseline shift, and more. If I switch over to pages, and show the formatting tools, and select some text, I have even more controls, including paragraph styles. Character styles, and advanced options, for things like character spacing, baseline shift, ligatures, and more. Now there's one more thing I want to show you in this movie, and that's where you can find the fonts that get installed with iWork applications, like Pages. So, back in the Finder, I'll use the Go menu. I'll choose Computer. McIntosh HD, Library, Application Support, Apple, Fonts, Eye Work. And there they are. In this movie we took a look at some of the controls in Mac Applications like Text Edit, and Pages for working with fonts. With them you can apply fonts and styles, as well as typographic features and special characters.

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