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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.
I mentioned that using our baseline grids can sometimes cause frustrations, so let's look at some of the potential things that can go wrong. Let me turn my grid on. Very important to keep in mind that when you're using a grid, your baseline grid increment will trump your Leading value, by which I mean if I come and change my Leading value which is currently at the increment of the grid, and I make it just one point bigger, then what happens is the type will now lock to the next grid increment.
So effectively I have just made this 24 point leading. So that's one thing to be aware of. Another thing to be aware of is if I create a text frame in an area of my page outside of my type area where there is no grid, and that text is locked to the grid as this is, then it's going to disappear. Earlier on, I mentioned how useful the Story Editor can be for troubleshooting problems like this. So you might not realize immediately what's going on here.
So if you need to confirm that you do actually have type in that text frame, you can come to the Story Editor window and yes, you see that it is actually there, and then you sort of gradually realize, ah! That's the problem. It's locked to the baseline grid. So we can fix this in one of two ways, we can either make it not locked to the baseline grid--in which case it doesn't care where it is--or we can move the text frame down onto the grid and then the text reappears.
It may not always be possible to have everything locked to the grid, and that's okay. As I mentioned, the grid is the rhythm, it is the metronome, sometimes the rhythm needs to be broken just so long as it is reestablished, that's okay. So I am going to turn off my guides for a moment. Let's say that I want to increase the point size of this heading, and I am just doing this locally. Of course, at this stage everything would really be controlled through the Paragraph Styles. And let me just point out where the lock to baseline grid option is right there, Align to Baseline Grid > All Lines, you will see there is one other option, and we will be looking at that in a coming movie.
But I am just going to do this locally, I am going to make my point size a bit bigger, I am going to use the keyboard shortcuts Command+Shift+> or Ctrl+Shift+>, and you see that as I do so, things start jumping around, and they start jumping around in a way that I don't like. I can't go up to 36 points because that's going to cause it to flow to three lines, but maybe 35 points. Okay, so let's say I have made it now 35 points, but then I feel that the Leading value is a little bit too tight, and I'd like to add a little bit more leading and of course when I do that, things really start to go haywire, and we now have way more leading than we actually want or need.
So all I need to do in this case is come to my Paragraph Formatting, and we will just make sure that this particular paragraph is not on the baseline grid. So sometimes you need to make an exception, and that's okay. There we have just a few of the things that might frustrate you if you're not familiar with working with baseline grids. The grid trumps the leading, text frames containing type that is locked to the grid have to be on the grid otherwise the type won't show up.
And occasionally you will need to make exceptions. Don't beat yourself up about it, it's okay.
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