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Explore the numerous type options, type-related features, and type-specific preferences of Adobe InDesign. Using practical, real-world examples, instructor and designer Nigel French dissects the anatomy of a typeface and defines the vocabulary of typography. The course moves from the micro to the macro level, addressing issues such as choosing page size, determining the size of margins, adjusting number columns, and achieving a clean look with baseline grids. This course takes you from laying out a page to delving into the hows and whys of typography.
When working in prints, the combination of black ink on white or off-white paper is hard to beat in terms of contrast and readability. While this makes good common sense, it may also make good economic sense. There often isn't the budget for printing in full color, and it makes good technological sense, because the registration of small type in color can be problematic. On screen, however, such restrictions don't apply. We can use any color we'd like, and it won't cost any more than any other color.
Nevertheless, despite all this choice, black text on a white background remains a combination that's hard to improve upon, though some may argue that its contrast on a backlit screen is too strong, favoring a dark gray instead of a solid black for the type. If you do decide to put color text on a color background, and it can be very effective when used sparingly, make sure the combination of colors provides enough contrast. Here is a useful web site with links to tools for evaluating the contrast of specific color combinations.
And the first of those tools, for example, Color Contrast Check allows you to specify your foreground color, your background color, and then evaluate whether you have enough contrast and whether that color combination is accessible according to the web content accessibility guidelines.
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