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David Blatner brings his knowledge of and passion for InDesign to the latest release of this state-of-the-art publishing program, showing how to harness its power and functionality. InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics covers the process of publishing with an eye on the program's latest nuances: optimizing page layouts, automating InDesign with Data Merge and XML, exploring interactive documents (including making movies), and exporting publications to a variety of formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
As we saw in the InDesign Essential Training title, you can choose Glyphs from the Type menu to see a list of every character inside of font. Let's zoom in here so we can see these characters little bit more. I am just clicking in that Zoom In button in the lower right corner. The problem is there are so many characters to choose from in here that it's a little overwhelming. Well, you can narrow down the scope by choosing from the Show pop up menu. For example, do you want to see just the math symbols? No problem. Just choose Math symbols from the Show menu. Or perhaps, you want to see only the punctuation, and I can do that too. You can also choose any character in your text and see just the alternates for that character, if there are alternates in that font.
For example, I will zoom in here down the lower right corner of this spread and I am going to choose this K. When I do that, the K will show up in the Glyphs panel. Well I do need to change the Show pop up menu to entire font, and now when I select K, it will appear selected in the Glyphs panel as well. There is a little black triangle in the lower right corner of this Glyph, which means that there are alternates for this selection. And if I click and hold, I can see that there are two different K's in here, the regular italic K and one with a little swash on it.
Another way to see our alternates is by choosing show Alternates for the selection in the Show pop up menu. There we go. There is the alternate. To replace the selected glyph with this one, just double-click on it. Now I love that the Glyphs panels also keeps track of my recently used glyphs, there is the K up here. So next time I want use one, I can just double-click here instead of trying to find it again. But I find that I use so many special characters from the Glyphs panel that I can't keep track of them all inside this list up at the top here. That's where Glyphs sets come in handy.
To make a new Glyphs set, go up to the fly out menu at the top right corner of the Glyphs panel and choose New Glyph Set. I will call this David's Glyph Set, and I am going to click OK. And I now have a glyph set. I don't see anything different here, but I have a glyph set behind the scenes that I can now do stuff with. For example, I will select a character here, go up to the fly out menu again, and say Add this to Glyph Set. Now its part of my glyph set that I can use later, and that glyph set shows up in the Show pop up menu. There it is at the top, David's Glyph Set. There is the character I added.
Now let's go add some more characters. I will go back to Entire Font, and find some character that I would like to use. Maybe this little hand symbol, maybe I use that pretty often, so I can add that to my glyph set. I like that snowflake, why don't we add that to the glyph set as well. Now as I am doing this, it's adding not just the character itself, but also the association with the font as well. So no matter where I place my cursor, I can choose David Glyph Set, double-click on the character, and it types in that character, that glyph in this particular font. In some cases, I want to add glyphs that do not remember what font they are. For example, maybe I want to have the special degree character.
I happen to know that the degree character is Option+Shift+8 or Alt+Shift+8 on Windows, but I want to add this character to my glyph set. So I am going to select it on my text, I am going to go to Entire font, well, to update this panel sometimes you have to select it again. So go ahead and select it again, there we go. There is the character I want, but I don't want it to remember the font, in other words, I want this glyph to work in any font that I happen to be in when I insert it. So in order to do that, I need to first add it to my glyph set and then edit my glyph set. I will go down to Edit Glyph Set, choose my glyph set and it opens up a new dialog box here which shows me all the different glyphs in my glyph set. Now, this is also useful for deleting characters, let's say I don't really want that K anymore, so I will delete that. Now it gets rid of it, and now I have got the Degree symbol selected in here. I can select any of these, but I am going to select that degree symbol here and I am going to turn off the Remember Font with Glyph checkbox.
Now, I see a little U here. That little U means that it's unidentified, now it's the only thing I can think of why it's U, it's unidentified with any font. It's not connected to the font itself. So when I click OK, it will now work in any font that I am in. Let's try it out. I am going to use the power zoom feature by pressing Option+Spacebar and then clicking and holding. Now that's Alt+Spacebar on Windows. And I will drag over to this part of the spread and let go. That will move my Glyphs panel out of the way. Let's try and put that degree character right here, after the 101.
I will choose my glyph set from the Show pop up menu in the Glyphs panel and I am going to insert my unidentified degree symbol right here, by double-clicking on it. There we go, the degree symbol shows up in the same place right where my cursor was and it's in the same font as the rest of the character, no in the font it was when I created it. With the fonts in your hard drive, you have thousands and thousands of different characters at your disposal. The Glyphs panel and Glyphs sets help you access those characters quickly and easily, but there is one more challenge you may encounter when dealing with special glyphs in your document, searching for them with Find and Change. So that's what we will look at in the next movie.
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