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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.
Before we start working with type, let's make InDesign our own, and customize our workspace. What we have out of the box is the Essentials workspace, and this really isn't good for purpose when we need to work intensively with type. So the first thing I'll do is come to the workspace pickup and choose Advanced as my starting point. That gives me many of the panels that I want, but there are still a few that I don't currently have access to. So I'm going to come to the Window menu, and without explaining, yet, how I'm going to use these, I'm just going to open up the panels that I intend to use.
So the Info panel; I'll come and park that at the bottom of the current panels, and then I'll return to the Window menu, and Text Wrap, since we're going to be putting text wraps around pictures, and also some text frames. And then I will return once again to Utilities and the Scripts panel. There are couple of very useful scripts that we will be using. Now, this comes with two panels that I don't need, so I'm going to tear off Scripts, park that at the bottom, and close what remains. And let's see; is there anything else? Couple of things other things.
Under the Type menu, we will find the Story panel, and the Glyphs panel. They are both onto the Window menu, but they are little bit buried here. You can get to them in either place. Glyphs, and Story, and just as a finishing touch, I might now need to, or wish to, group some of these together. So I'm going to a group my Character Styles with my Paragraph Styles, and I'm going to throw Object Styles into that same panel grouping.
So that's the workspace that I am going to use. I will, as the fancy takes me, and as the need takes me, I will be you modifying that somewhat, but that's basically all the panels that I'll be using. So I'm now going to come to the workspace picker again, and choose New Workspace to Capture those panel Locations, and I will just give that a name, so I can now return to that workspace at any time, and I will have all these panels available to me.
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