Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Body text letterspacing, part of InDesign: Elements of a Layout.
- [Voiceover] The letterspacing, sometimes referred to…as tracking, is literally that, the amount of space…between the characters and between the words.…Don't feel compelled to adjust the letterspacing…of your body text, but if you want a denser look…to the type, you can reduce the desired amount…of letter and word spacing.…Conversely, increasing these values…creates a more open, airy feel.…Ultimately, it's a matter of what best suits the typeface…and your personal preference.…Another consideration is which method of automatic kerning,…metrics or optical, you choose.…
Kerning is the adjustment of the space between…letter pairs to achieve optically even spacing.…While you may need to manually kern large type,…for body text automatic kerning is sufficient.…Metrics kerning uses the kerning values…that are part of the font.…Optical kerning makes adjustments…according to the character shapes.…The difference between them will vary…from typeface to typeface,…so you need to evaluate both.…
In the layout in progress, I'll edit my body text style.…
Graphic designer Nigel French shows how to create a magazine layout using a modular approach that improves the ongoing usability of the document template and the appearance of the resulting designs. In this course, Nigel uses a magazine layout to explain the purpose of each layout element and to demonstrate the use of InDesign features. He explores text elements, picture elements, and page elements. He demonstrates how to set up a document and how to format logically with Styles, Layers, and CC Libraries.
- Setting up a template
- Using Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Object Styles
- Working with picture treatments
- Establishing hierarchy
- Incorporating white space into a layout
- Using CC Libraries