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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.
A feature related to alignment and especially useful when you're working with any sort of pull quote, or callout, that uses quote marks is hanging punctuation and the indent to here character. So here we have two identical quotes, one of them is not hanging, and that's the top version obviously, and beneath that the finished version where we are using hanging punctuation. So how did we get from A to B? I'm going to delete that version, and I'm going to copy this and then just do it again.
So to just start with let's get a leg up by applying Optical Margin Alignments. So I'll select that text frame and click on that, and I want to set my point size to correspond with the point size that I'm using here, and that is 48 points. So already that makes a very big improvement, but I think it's not quite as aligned as, not quite as much of a straight edge under the D as we would like. So I'm going to insert my cursor at that point, and then I can use this keyboard shortcut Command+Backslash, or Ctrl+Backslash, or I can come to the Type menu and choose Insert Special Character > Other > Indent to Here.
And when I do that, let's just turn on the hidden characters, we can see that we get this dagger symbol, the hidden character indicating the indent to here character. So if there were more than two lines in this paragraph, they would all align to that point. Now to just finish this off I would like to give the attribution a bit of a right indent so that we bring the I of Ali underneath the period. And I'm going to choose to draw myself a guide, like so, and then select that text and come to my right indent, and then I'm just going to nudge that up so that I'm doing this by eye, and when we get that point, I think we can call that done.
So a simple example of how hanging your punctuation can really improve the look of your pull quotes and your callouts.
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