Discover the shortcomings—and occasionally usefulness—of auto leading.
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- [Voiceover] In this movie I'll say a few words…about auto leading, and hopefully…encourage you to not use it.…Auto leading is 120 percent of your point size…which means that as your type gets bigger…you're leading gets bigger and as your…type gets smaller your leading gets smaller.…That's convenient, but the problem is…that as your type gets bigger, 120 percent…is just too much for the line space, for the most part.…
So while the difference between paragraphs two…and paragraphs three are not that striking,…I think the example on the right, paragraph three,…looks better, and this uses an absolute amount of leading.…So I've actually come and changed it to…a fixed amount of plus two points,…or in this case 35 points.…That does mean that if I change the size…of my type I am gonna need to change…the size of my leading as well.…So it's more work for me, but I get to control…the amount of spacing in my paragraphs…and that's very important if you…want to achieve consistency.…
Where auto leading really fails spectacularly…
- Creating a typographic workspace
- Understanding the anatomy and terminology of type
- Choosing typefaces
- Sizing and scaling type
- Formatting characters
- Adjusting leading (aka line spacing)
- Tracking and kerning
- Using the Glyphs panel
- Adding special characters: dashes, quotes, ellipses, and more
- Using OpenType features like ligatures and fractions
Skill Level Intermediate
Layout and Composition with InDesignwith Nigel French1h 27m Appropriate for all
1. Choosing and Combining Typefaces
2. Character Formatting
3. Leading (Line Spacing)
4. Letter Spacing, Tracking, and Kerning
5. Small and Important Details
6. OpenType features
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