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Underlining type

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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.

Underlining type

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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InDesign Typography

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  1. 4m 4s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. Using the exercise files
      51s
    3. Customizing the workspace for type
      2m 18s
  2. 9m 25s
    1. What is Typekit? (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 56s
    2. Choosing and syncing fonts (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 6s
    3. Syncing problems (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 43s
    4. Typekit resources (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 5s
    5. Using the Font menu (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 35s
  3. 55m 41s
    1. Working with text frames
      8m 26s
    2. Using a primary text frame (CS6 and later)
      3m 59s
    3. Understanding text flow methods
      6m 25s
    4. Understanding text threads
      3m 40s
    5. Understanding Smart Text Reflow
      2m 27s
    6. Mocking up pages with placeholder text
      5m 47s
    7. Placing multiple text files
      3m 50s
    8. Using Auto-Size text frames (CS6 and later)
      4m 1s
    9. Copying and pasting vs. placing
      2m 25s
    10. Cleaning up text with Find/Change
      5m 46s
    11. Using the Story Editor
      3m 41s
    12. Spanning columns
      5m 14s
  4. 48m 34s
    1. Choosing your type
      6m 46s
    2. Understanding text essentials
      6m 37s
    3. Scaling type
      2m 27s
    4. Using italic and oblique type
      4m 33s
    5. Working with condensed and extended type
      4m 26s
    6. Setting type in all caps
      3m 46s
    7. Setting type in small caps
      4m 21s
    8. Underlining type
      4m 11s
    9. Using superscript and subscript
      4m 35s
    10. Applying baseline shift
      4m 8s
    11. Combining typefaces (CC 2014.1) NEW
      2m 44s
  5. 16m 6s
    1. Understanding type anatomy
      3m 25s
    2. Exploring serif and sans serif
      2m 48s
    3. Comparing points, picas, and ems
      8m 34s
    4. What's in a name?
      1m 19s
  6. 16m 27s
    1. Setting leading
      4m 56s
    2. Avoiding auto-leading
      4m 12s
    3. Leading shortcuts and preferences
      4m 7s
    4. Using autoleading with inline graphics
      3m 12s
  7. 21m 25s
    1. Defining kerning and tracking
      2m 5s
    2. Understanding kerning methods
      5m 10s
    3. When and how to kern
      5m 53s
    4. When and how to track
      8m 17s
  8. 48m 42s
    1. Working with quotes, primes, and apostrophes
      8m 16s
    2. Using dashes
      5m 24s
    3. Using ellipses
      2m 56s
    4. Working with accents and special characters
      4m 1s
    5. Using space characters
      4m 15s
    6. Working with ligatures
      4m 29s
    7. Setting fractions
      3m 56s
    8. Using lining and proportional numerals
      2m 49s
    9. Using alternates, swashes, and ornaments
      5m 2s
    10. Working with optical sizes
      4m 40s
    11. Stylistic sets (CC 2014.1) NEW
      2m 54s
  9. 57m 20s
    1. Understanding alignment
      3m 47s
    2. Working with left-aligned type
      3m 24s
    3. Working with justified type
      7m 5s
    4. Using Optical Margin Alignment
      3m 39s
    5. Determining column width
      4m 53s
    6. Working with center alignment
      5m 36s
    7. Working with right alignment
      1m 22s
    8. Aligning to or away from the spine
      1m 50s
    9. Understanding the Paragraph Composer and Single-line Composer
      3m 44s
    10. Combining alignments
      9m 20s
    11. Using hanging punctuation
      2m 13s
    12. Working with vertical alignment
      10m 27s
  10. 14m 9s
    1. Using first-line indents
      2m 26s
    2. Using indent alternatives
      2m 3s
    3. Working with left and right indents
      4m 0s
    4. Using last-line indents and outdents
      1m 26s
    5. Using paragraph spacing
      4m 14s
  11. 23m 19s
    1. Setting hyphenation
      6m 14s
    2. Working with line breaks and discretionary hyphens
      4m 48s
    3. Balancing ragged lines
      1m 36s
    4. Using the No Break feature and non-breaking characters
      2m 52s
    5. Using frame, column, and page breaks
      3m 42s
    6. Defining Keep Options
      4m 7s
  12. 37m 53s
    1. Understanding tabs
      8m 58s
    2. Considerations for table text
      3m 55s
    3. Table tips and tricks
      11m 55s
    4. Creating a bulleted list
      6m 50s
    5. Creating a numbered list
      3m 46s
    6. Creating a multi-level numbered list
      2m 29s
  13. 23m 12s
    1. Understanding drop caps
      11m 3s
    2. Navigating tricky drop caps
      5m 14s
    3. Using a nested character style with a drop cap
      3m 59s
    4. Other uses of drop caps
      2m 56s
  14. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding paragraph and character styles
      7m 13s
    2. Creating, applying, and editing styles
      7m 3s
    3. Removing overrides
      4m 58s
    4. Creating and applying character styles
      5m 4s
    5. Creating and applying nested styles
      12m 30s
    6. Using GREP styles (regular expressions)
      4m 8s
    7. Creating and applying sequential styles
      6m 19s
    8. Using paragraph rules creatively
      11m 48s
    9. Mapping Word styles
      6m 12s
    10. Working with anchored objects and object styles
      6m 24s
  15. 25m 30s
    1. Applying a text wrap
      6m 7s
    2. Making items ignore a text wrap
      1m 46s
    3. Using text wraps for flexible layouts
      3m 2s
    4. Working with difficult text wraps
      8m 39s
    5. Inverting text wraps
      2m 7s
    6. Setting text wrap preferences
      3m 49s
  16. 29m 33s
    1. Choosing a page size and setting margins
      6m 33s
    2. Setting up columns
      2m 53s
    3. Dividing a page into rows
      3m 27s
    4. Setting up a baseline grid
      5m 40s
    5. Handling baseline grid problems
      3m 37s
    6. Baseline grid tricks
      7m 23s
  17. 44m 26s
    1. Working with type outlines (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 50s
    2. Creating an interlocking effect (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 31s
    3. Fusing letterforms (CC 2014.1) NEW
      7m 15s
    4. Type and gradients (CC 2014.1) NEW
      4m 57s
    5. Type and transparency (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 50s
    6. Type on a path: Circles (CC 2014.1) NEW
      4m 48s
    7. Type on a path: Calligram (CC 2014.1) NEW
      6m 16s
    8. Vertical type (CC 2014.1) NEW
      2m 58s
    9. Type and image: Gradient (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 38s
    10. Type and image: "See-through" type (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 8s
    11. Type and image: "Disappearing" type (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 15s
  18. 12m 19s
    1. Looking at screen documents
      4m 2s
    2. Setting size, leading, and line length onscreen
      3m 13s
    3. Exploring typefaces designed for the screen
      3m 36s
    4. Accessibility: Contrast and color
      1m 28s
  19. 28s
    1. Goodbye
      28s

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