Using hyphens and dashes


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Using hyphens and dashes

In our final movie, I would like to compare the difference between a hyphen and a dash, and also the two different types of dashes. Now we all know what a hyphen is, but a hyphen is not appropriate for everything. Sometimes you need to use an en dash instead. Let's say you want to indicate a range from this year to this year. You wouldn't replace the word 'to' with just a hyphen. Even if you were to add a space on both sides, it still doesn't look right; it's too short. Instead, you would use an en dash and an en dash is Option+Hyphen on Mac or Alt+Hyphen on Windows.

The rule of thumb is that you should use a space on both sides of an en dash. But you really have to watch the spacing, particularly when you are working with numbers. For instance, the number 1 always has a little bit too much space to the left and right, so you may need to kern the number one to get a good balance. So when using an en dash, at least have a half a space on each side. I usually like t...

Using hyphens and dashes
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Using hyphens and dashes provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer as part of the After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

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