Comparing points, picas, and ems


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Comparing points, picas, and ems

Typography also has its own unique measurement system, and that is picas, and points; picas being the parent, points being a subset of picas. So let's take a look. There are 12 points to one pica, six picas to 72 points, or 1 inch. Or if we're working with the metric system, we have 6 picas to 2.54 centimeters, or 25.4 millimeters.

Picas and points are expressed like this: if you are working with 18 points, you can either type in 18 pt, or 1p6. It's not a decimal unit; they are in blocks of 12. So one pica and six points is the same as 18 points. My personal preference is to work with points, but I can totally see the logic behind working with picas. It's essentially the same thing. And the reason I like to work with points is that typefaces are always measured in points.

Other elements that we work with -- the size of our page, the size of our photograph, the size of different graphic elements on our page -- these can all be expressed in points, or picas, or inches, or ...

Comparing points, picas, and ems
Video duration: 8m 34s 9h 7m Intermediate Updated Nov 12, 2014

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Comparing points, picas, and ems provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the InDesign Typography (2012)

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