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Exploring the enhanced Font menu

From: InDesign: 2013 Creative Cloud Updates

Video: Exploring the enhanced Font menu

Another great new enhancement to Adobe Indesign is the fact that the Font Menu has been totally revamped, Now, I'm going to create a new document by going up to the File> New to select document. I'll hit OK to the default, basically all I want to do is have some text on screen here. So I'm just going to draw add a Text Box and type out some text. I'm just going to make sure that the text is big readable on screen so you can see it. And then I'm going to start exploring the new Font Menu. In order to do that, I need to switch over to the Type Tools. So I'm going to switch that over by pressing the letter t on my keyboard.

Exploring the enhanced Font menu

Another great new enhancement to Adobe Indesign is the fact that the Font Menu has been totally revamped, Now, I'm going to create a new document by going up to the File> New to select document. I'll hit OK to the default, basically all I want to do is have some text on screen here. So I'm just going to draw add a Text Box and type out some text. I'm just going to make sure that the text is big readable on screen so you can see it. And then I'm going to start exploring the new Font Menu. In order to do that, I need to switch over to the Type Tools. So I'm going to switch that over by pressing the letter t on my keyboard.

And once I do that, you'll notice on the Control Panel I now have. Access to my fonts. And you'll notice a little Search Icon to the left. That's the first new enhancement. It's the ability to control how you search for fonts inside of InDesign. And so now you have the ability to search the entire font name or search only the first word. Searching only the first word of a font is how InDesign previously worked, but now, in this latest update, to Adobe InDesign, we now have the ability to search the entire font name. As I start to type out a font, like let's say, Arial, for instance, I just type out a, and continue to type out r, i, a, l, you'll see that font list actually moves with me, and finds The font that I'm looking for based on the criteria that I enter as I enter it in, it doesn't just look for that first word, it finds it anywhere in that particular font. So I could just go here and I could type out bold, and as I type out bold it finds it for me, I can also start typing out condensed, and I could find all of the fonts that are bold and condensed that are installed on my system. Another new thing that you'll notice here is as I move down through these with my arrow keys on my keyboard, look at the text on my screen it's actually changing in real time, giving an updated preview of what this is going to look like if I were to apply it.

If I want to change fonts, like let's say I want to go with Helvetica Neue Condensed Bold in this case, all I have to do is press Enter or Return on my keyboard and it changes for me. So I can now cycle through really quickly with my keyboard, press Enter or Return, and I can commit to a font change at any time I can also come up here to the top and I can clear the search field again by clicking that x, and I can start a new search. So, I can type out something like time and then new roman. And then I can find it and once I find it I can either click on it to apply it or I can simply press the Enter or Return key. Again, to apply that.

Now it's not just here in the Control Panel. You also have access to these new type controls from the Window Menu> Type and Tables >Character Panel. This way you have it as a free floating panel that you can have access to any time you want out here in the main area of your document. You'll also notice when you drop down this menu, that the look an feel of the font list has totally changed. You'll notice that any font families that have sub-fonts listed in them, will be denoted with a black arrow which you can twirl open at any time to see the different versions, of a font that you have, like condensed bold, ultralight, regular, medium etcetera; an you can expand those out any time you want.

You'll also notice here at the top you get a list of the most frequently used fonts and to the left had side you get a small star. This small star indicates favorite font. So if you were to have favorite fonts as I tend to do when I work inside of many documents I would go through and I would just mark those, lets say Arial is one of my favorite. And I'll continue to scroll down and look for other favorites that I might have. So, let's just pick a few. Doesn't matter which ones you pick. Just pick a few. In this case I'll do something like maybe Cambria and let's look for something like Courier and then let's scroll way down here and do Helvetica another great Sans Serif Font.

And, we might even do something like, Meriad Pro, and then we'll wrap it up with, Seraf fonts, like Times New Roman and Trajon Pro. And, once I have those, I'll select it, I'll scroll back up to the top, and you'll notice, that Times New Roman, which is listed in my recently used fonts, up here at the top, is also denoted with a black star, indicating it's one of my favorites. If you have a lot of fonts installed on your machine as I tend to do, it can be really difficult to sift through those to find just that right font that you're looking for.

And chances are even though we have hundreds of fonts installed on our machine, we're only using a small subset of those for each one of the design or documents that we create. So it makes sense to create these, sort of favorites that we have. To be able to easily access them is actually going to be a really good thing as well that's why they include this little check box up here to show favorite fonts only. When I do that it lists only the fonts that I've marked as my favorites, Ariel, Cambria, Courier, Helvetica, Myriad Pro, Times New Roman, Trojan Pro, all of those are now listed there. I can change those any time I want by unclicking, the star, making it, hollow again.

An then once I do this, to refresh it, just click it on an click it off, then Trajan Pro is now being removed from that list of fonts. So these are just some minor enhancements to the font panel but I think at the end of the day it goes a long way to making this much more easy to use and a lot more user friendly because now we can navigate our fonts easier, we can search for our fonts in a much easier manner. And we can find the fonts that we need based on the favorites that we create a whole lot faster as well.

So take some time to get familiar with the new font menu options that are available to you inside of Adobe InDesign. And hopefully this is just the tip of the iceberg. And they'll continue to get even better down the road.

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