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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.
Okay, this is a quick one about foreign accents, and we obviously need to be using the appropriate accent, and we can find these on the Glyphs panel. So, for that reason I make the Glyphs panel part of my workspace. So I'm going to come to the Glyphs panel, if you don't have it as part of your workspace you'll find under the Type menu, right there, also under the Window menu Type & Tables, so three places to get it. And I'm going to tear off the Glyphs panel. There is really, aside from knowing the keyboard shortcut for the specific accent, there is no real easy way, aside from just looking on the Glyphs panel and finding what is you're after.
You can filter your view and see just a subset of the font, but even that subset, when you are working with a ProFont, as I am here, is likely to be rather large. But in this case I could filter my view to Basic Latin and Latin 1, and that's going to give me all of the accents that I would need for your romance languages. And right there the E Acute is what I'm after, so we'll just double-click to insert that at the point of the cursor.
As I mentioned in an earlier movie if you foresee yourself doing this frequently then I highly recommend you add this to your Glyphs set, we can make the Glyph set right there I already have one made from an earlier movie, I'm going to right-click on that and add that to my Glyphs set. Thereafter I can just view my Glyphs set, and we don't have to wade through lots of characters that are not relevant for us at that time. Now I said if you know the shortcut, that I could tell you the shortcut for that is on the Mac it's a two-key shortcut, it is Option+E and then followed by an E, and that shortcut will put an acute accent over any vowel. So if you want an acute accent over an A that is Option+E and then followed by an A.
Likewise, for the tilde on the N, that's Option+N, and then followed by an N. Some of these you know just through frequency of use, but I wouldn't worry too much about committing them to memory they are all here on your Glyphs panel, and probably the easiest way is--the first time you'll have to look for them--but as you use them you can add them to your Glyphs set, and you can build up your own custom Glyphs set appropriate for the kind of work that you are doing.
So those are your foreign accents, but we also have special characters. Likewise, these are all in your Glyphs so that's where you can find them. But you can also, in the case of the most commonly used ones at least, you can access these from a menu. If I right-click and then come to Insert Special Character these are all in the Symbols flyout menu. So here we want a Registered Trademark Symbol, and here we want a Copyright Symbol, et cetera.
So in conclusion, I'll just say that you can access your special characters from the Type menu, Insert Special Character, your foreign accents and your special characters too you can get from the Glyphs panel. There is one more thing I should mention about the Glyphs panel. And that is you saw me access the E Acute and other commonly used accents with Basic Latin and Latin 1, but if you're working with Eastern European languages you can filter your view to extended Latin, and you have a whole range of other accents available to you.
You are going to have an easier time finding these accents if you are working with a ProFont, such as the default font in InDesign, Minion Pro, or Myriad Pro. These ProFonts have extended character sets with amongst other things more foreign accents.
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