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InDesign CS4: Typography

with Nigel French

Video: Welcome

Uses real-world examples to explain the purpose of the typographical features in InDesign CS4, and describes the conventions for how to use them.
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  1. 3m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 20m 12s
    1. Type anatomy and terminology
      6m 26s
    2. Type classification
      4m 56s
    3. What's in a name? (Typeface interpretations)
    4. Understanding varieties of type styles
      1m 40s
    5. Setting preferences, workspace, and custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 12s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Working with text frames
      5m 8s
    2. Manual text flow
      2m 56s
    3. Auto-flowing text
      2m 22s
    4. Auto-flowing without adding pages
      1m 18s
    5. Semiautomatic text flow
      1m 43s
    6. Mocking up pages with placeholder text
      3m 52s
    7. Placing multiple text files
      2m 23s
    8. Stretching a headline across columns
      2m 19s
    9. Cleaning up text
      5m 51s
  4. 27m 1s
    1. Text essentials
      4m 26s
    2. Italic and oblique type
      3m 26s
    3. Condensed and extended type
      2m 26s
    4. All caps
      3m 51s
    5. Small caps
      3m 24s
    6. Underlining type
      3m 47s
    7. Using superscript and subscript
      3m 13s
    8. Using baseline shift
      2m 28s
  5. 12m 22s
    1. Practical typefaces
      1m 29s
    2. Historical typefaces
      1m 8s
    3. Using contrast
      2m 6s
    4. Setting X-height
      3m 42s
    5. Combining typefaces
      3m 57s
  6. 20m 12s
    1. Setting leading
      5m 0s
    2. Auto-leading and why to avoid it
      5m 29s
    3. Leading shortcuts and preferences
      2m 18s
    4. The one time to use auto-leading
      2m 57s
    5. Calculating number of lines
      1m 28s
    6. Leading and readability
      1m 49s
    7. Optical leading
      1m 11s
  7. 22m 3s
    1. Understanding the difference between kerning and tracking
      2m 30s
    2. Metrics kerning vs. optical kerning
      3m 7s
    3. Using kerning to avoid character collisions
      3m 31s
    4. How tracking affects readability
      4m 8s
    5. Adjusting word spaces only
      3m 1s
    6. Applying tracking as exception-only
      3m 25s
    7. Kerning and tracking preferences
      2m 21s
  8. 41m 41s
    1. Typographer's quotes, apostrophes, and primes
      5m 9s
    2. Fractions
      4m 9s
    3. Ellipses
      2m 23s
    4. Dashes
      3m 37s
    5. Accents and diacritical marks
      3m 59s
    6. White-space characters
      5m 19s
    7. Ligatures and diphthongs
      4m 14s
    8. Numerals
      2m 51s
    9. Ornaments
      5m 7s
    10. Swashes
      2m 37s
    11. Optical sizes
      2m 16s
  9. 50m 11s
    1. The four basic types of alignment
      2m 16s
    2. Left or ragged right alignment
      2m 5s
    3. Justified (left justified) alignment
      6m 20s
    4. Hyphenation and optical margin alignment
      9m 1s
    5. Center alignment
      6m 3s
    6. Right alignment
      1m 9s
    7. Aligning to or away from the spine
      1m 15s
    8. Combining alignments
      6m 36s
    9. The Adobe Paragraph Composer and Single Line Composer
      5m 46s
    10. Hanging punctuation
      1m 49s
    11. Vertical alignment
      7m 51s
  10. 13m 51s
    1. Using first-line indents versus paragraph spacing
      5m 30s
    2. Using indent alternatives
      2m 12s
    3. Applying a left indent
      3m 5s
    4. Creating last-line indents
      2m 19s
    5. Reinforcing visual relationships with paragraph spacing
  11. 10m 38s
    1. Line breaks and discretionary hyphens
      2m 44s
    2. Balancing ragged lines
      1m 26s
    3. Using no-break and non-breaking characters
      1m 38s
    4. Using Keep Options to keep with next lines
      1m 34s
    5. Starting chapter numbers on a new page
      1m 48s
    6. Starting paragraphs in the next frame
      1m 28s
  12. 27m 42s
    1. Understanding the different types of tabs
      8m 3s
    2. Setting table text
      8m 55s
    3. Creating a bullet list
      7m 7s
    4. Creating a numbered list
      3m 37s
  13. 21m 57s
    1. The purpose of drop caps
      1m 23s
    2. Drop-cap examples
      9m 30s
    3. Aligning left edge and scaling for descenders
      2m 0s
    4. Navigating tricky drop caps
      3m 49s
    5. Creating a nested style drop cap
      3m 50s
    6. Other uses of drop caps
      1m 25s
  14. 1h 8m
    1. Efficient and consistent formatting
      5m 59s
    2. Converting local formatting to character styles
      6m 20s
    3. Using a GREP style
      2m 24s
    4. Establishing hierarchy
      8m 12s
    5. Creating nested styles
      10m 47s
    6. Creating and applying sequential styles
      9m 49s
    7. Styling callout boxes and fitting pictures with object styles
      6m 0s
    8. Repurposing styles from other documents
      6m 29s
    9. Using paragraph rules creatively
      12m 11s
  15. 39m 52s
    1. Choosing page size
      2m 34s
    2. Setting margins
      5m 28s
    3. Determining the size of your type area
      7m 6s
    4. Column grid strategies
      7m 47s
    5. Ensuring cross-alignment with baseline grids
      11m 47s
    6. Aligning images to cap height
      5m 10s
  16. 17m 7s
    1. Using good text-wrap sense
      5m 49s
    2. Manually adjusting the text-wrap offset
      1m 7s
    3. Using text wraps for flexible layouts
      2m 13s
    4. Creating inverted text wraps
      2m 26s
    5. Setting text wrapping preferences
      5m 32s
  17. 15s
    1. Goodbye

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InDesign CS4: Typography
Video duration: 0s 7h 4m Intermediate


InDesign CS4: Typography explores the numerous type options, type-related features, and type-specific preferences of Adobe InDesign CS4. Using practical, real-world examples, instructor and designer Nigel French explains the purpose of each feature and describes the conventions for how and when to use it. Nigel dissects the anatomy of a typeface and defines the terminology needed for the successful application of typography. He moves from the micro to the macro level, addressing such issues as choosing page size; determining the size of margins; adjusting number columns; and achieving a clean, structured look with baseline grids. This course is essential for anyone looking to expand their work from just laying out a page to understanding the hows and whys of typography. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Choosing and combining typefaces
  • Understanding leading and how it relates to type size and column width
  • Learning the proper use of white-space and break characters
  • Understanding the finer points of kerning and tracking
  • Applying global formatting with paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Avoiding common problems associated with justified type and text wraps


(Music playing.) Hi! My name is Nigel French. Welcome to InDesign CS4 Typography. This course is aimed at helping graphic designers and indeed anyone who uses type to improve their work by focusing on the rules and time-honored conventions of typography. We begin with essential background information on type terminology, how type is measured and the classification of typefaces.

Well, there may be no such thing as a correct typeface, I'll explain how to make informed typeface choices as well as give some suggestions on how to effectively combine typefaces. Of course, we'll be looking specifically at how to apply this knowledge in Adobe InDesign. We'll be working with type on both the micro and macro levels. The aesthetics of kerning, the difference between the various whitespace characters and the distinction between fake and real small caps as well as the big picture, setting margins and columns, designing with grids and working efficiently and achieving consistency through the use of styles.

So for now, let's get started with InDesign CS4 Typography.

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