Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Typekit fonts, part of InDesign CC: EPUB Fundamentals.
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To me one of the best new features of InDesign CC is the fact that it's part of the creative cloud. And though I don't use the creative cloud in the cloud at all, that much, a feature that's part of the creative cloud is fantastic for InDesign users, and that is type kick fonts. If you go to your creative cloud little menu. In the menu bar. As long as you're logged in with your Adobe account. You'll see a bunch of menus. And if you click fonts. You can see any fonts that you have already gotten from Typekit. So, what is Typekit? It's a company that Adobe purchased, about a year or two ago.
And they used to sell fonts just for websites. So you would sign up for an account and like a subscription and then they would give you the code to add to your website. That you could have all sorts of cool fonts for your websites. Once Adobe bought them, they added the ability to sync actual open type versions of those fonts to your desktop. So you have the complete library of Typekit fonts available to use on your computer. Not just on InDesign, or the Creative Cloud apps, but with any app on your computer.
As long as you're paying your subscription up to date for Creative Cloud. If want to go look at a font, just click Browse fonts on typekit from there. And it'll bring you right to the typekit website, where I'm already logged in. Or, in InDesign, if I am looking at some type, and I go up here to the control panel in my type drop down menu. You'll see up here, that I can filter to show me just the type kit fonts that I've already synced, which I've done for a couple. Or you could go ahead and add more fonts from Typekit right from here. It'll bring you to the same website.
I don't want to spend all day talking about Typekit though I could because it's a very rich website. The main thing that's important for epub and the reason why I'm, I'm including it is because Typekit has a fantastic licensing deal. For anybody who is making an epub. If you go to most any other foundry, Monotype or fonts.com, and you try to get a license to embed a custom font, something other than what comes on ereader. In your EPUB, you want to use some sort of special headline or caption font or a distinctive body font.
They usually want to charge you, anywhere between $100 and $400. Not just for the font, but per book. It's not even, like, a desktop font. Where you find the fonts and you can use it for as many publications as you want. It's kind of crazy. Then, Adobe announced that with Typekit, any font that you can save to your desktop. You can embed in a pdf, and you can embed in an epub, at no extra cost. What you can't do is you can't package a type kit font with an InDesign file to hand off to somebody.
That person will also have to have a typekit subscription to sync to those types of fonts. But if you are giving somebody an Indesigned CC file. Assumably, they have a typekit subscription that comes with CC. So that's not that big of a deal. Anyways, so we come through to here and we choose a font that we might want to in our epub. So lets take a look at this epub. Lets say, I want to use a different font for the headline. I'll go to typekit and I'll find one that I want to use. Now look at these little icons. The ones on the left mean that they're available for the web.
The little image of the monitor means they're available for desktop which means. They're available as an actual font that you can sync to and use in InDesign. Let's just grab one. I don't know. Let's try Spinoza looks interesting, so I'll say, give me this font, and I'll say use the font. I want to use it on my desk top, sync to my computer using creative cloud. It's doing so right now. If you want to remove a sync font at any time you can un-check the box in this dialogue box. Oh, look it, happy news up here.
Or you can go to your font management page, lets just click done, and go back to our creative cloud and now there is Spinoza, and here are the other ones. So if you want to manage your font you click this, and then it brings you to your page on type kit. You can choose to remove fonts that you don't want to sync to anymore. So that was Spinoza right? So we're going to come back to InDesign, and let's double check to make sure we have Spinoza. There it is! And our filter. And we have these weights, pretty cool.
Let's edit our paragraph style for chapter title. Move here over bit so we can see, and we want Spinoza, that looks nice, I like that. How about bold, that's a little too heavy. I think I'll leave it at regular, what does italic look like? Oh, I like that too. Okay we'll leave it at regular and click Okay. It's the end of story really, I mean from now we can go ahead and export it to Epub, go ahead and do that. Epub3 under Advanced, we want to include these fonts so all those fonts are embeddable in any Epub That you create.
Click okay. And we get a little alert. That's fine. And there is our cool font. Isn't that great? I love feeling like I'm a kid in a candy store and I can grab any font that I want to use in my epub's. Check it out.
- Understanding the difference between an ebook and EPUB
- Creating an EPUB workspace in InDesign
- Managing the sequence of content
- Creating a table of contents for navigation
- Adding metadata
- Cleaning up text formatting
- Optimizing images for EPUB export
- Previewing and validating EPUB files
- Converting EPUBs to Kindle MOBI format