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Learn how to choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, legible type. Author Laura Franz shares how to create designs that maximize readability (and keep visitors on the page) by paying attention to details in size, line-height, line length, alignment, color, vertical space, and more. Laura also demonstrates how to incorporate web fonts, style type with CSS, and pick fonts that work well together.
If you are a premium subscriber of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD, then you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. When you are downloading the files or copying them off a DVD, I recommend putting them on your desktop, so they will be easy to find throughout the course. The exercise files are organized in folders identified by chapter and lesson numbers. At the start of each lesson, you will be provided with an overlay showing you the location of the files you need.
When you open the folder for each lesson, you'll find the HTML and CSS files you will need to complete the exercise. Whenever a lesson uses an image, those are provided as well. Whenever a lesson uses a web font, you'll be asked to download the web font files from fontscroll.com. I'll show you how to download and organize web font files in Chapter 1, Lesson 7, Downloading Web Fonts. Some lessons use the same fonts repeatedly. In Chapters 4, 6 and 8, you'll be asked to keep your fonts folder on your desktop and to drag a copy into the exercise folder before you begin an exercise.
If you are a monthly subscriber or an annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to these files, but you can certainly follow along from scratch or use your own assets. And it bears mentioning that this title does not require the use of one HTML editor over another, so you're welcome to use any authoring tool that you're comfortable with. I will be using TextWrangler, but you'll be able to do these exercises in the Code View of Dreamweaver, or any other HTML or text editor you're familiar with.
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