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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.
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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