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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.
Continuing our exploration of our character formats, we come next to underlining. Let's take a look at some of the things involved with underlining. As you're probably aware, when you apply underlining through the control panel, the underline is going to rather unfortunately slice through any descenders that you may have, and that's really an undesirable effect. So if you do want to use underlining -- and an underlining, by the way, is just one way of giving emphasis, so arguably there is no reason why you necessarily need to -- but if you wanted to use it for some sort of effect, then you could consider doing this, what I've done in the second example, and that is putting a very lightweight stroke around the letterforms.
So if we take a look at the Swatches panel, with this type, I have applied a Paper stroke. Now, assuming that your background color is Paper, which in this case it is, or white, or technically the absence of ink, then that's the color that you want to use. And if we take a look at exactly how much has been applied, if I come to the Stroke panel, it's three quarters of a point. And that's just enough to bring back the definition of the letters.
A third option might be to adjust the position of the underline. Now, if you want to adjust the position, then you're going to need come to the Underline Options. When you do, you have a whole range of other options. You can change the Weight of the line, you can change, as I have done here, the Offset, and you can change its Color. When adjusting its Offset, I find it easiest just to click into this box, and then click on your up or down arrows to make sure that the Preview is turned on, and you can get an idea of the position of the line relative to the type.
So when might you want to use underlining? Well, one time might be, let's say you're working with some sort of interactive document. You want to make an interactive PDF, or a SWF file, a Flash file, then you'll want to indicate your hyperlinks, perhaps, with an underline. And that's what I've done here, and this underlining is all controlled through a character style, the benefit of which is that should I decide that I want to change the color of that underline, I can just edit the character style, come to its Underline Options, and just change the color there, and it will apply wherever the underline has been applied in the text.
One last point about underline, and this could really be titled stupid underline tricks, because this is sort of interesting, but not particularly practical. Along with underline, we also have strikethrough. Underline and Strikethrough have exactly the same options, and one can effectively become the other. Now, what I have here is text that has been underlined with black, and that underline has been made very heavy, and shifted up, so it actually covers the text.
So if we look at the Underline Options, we can see that we have Offset of 12 points, and a very heavy weight of 44 points. Of course, that's just relative to the type size. The type size here is 42. Now, in addition to that, we have a strikethrough, but if we look at the Strikethrough Options, they are these, and there is one interesting thing here: Overprint Stroke. Now, at the moment, this doesn't look very good, but if I come to my View menu, and turn on my Overprint Preview -- now, this is really how it's going to look when it's in print -- Overprint Preview, and we can see we get this rather interesting effect.
Are there easier, less convoluted ways to get this effect? Yes, there are, and they're likely to be less confusing than this as well, but this is just an interesting point about underlining of strikethrough. You do have the option of overprinting the color of your underline, or your strikethrough, but in order to see how that's going to look, you need to have your Overprint Preview turned on.
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