Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Contextual alternates, part of InDesign: Typography Part 1.
- [Voiceover] If you have the opportunity to use them,…then contextual alternates can really give…you a lot of options for customizing your type.…I'm gonna start out with the example…of swash characters.…I'll zoom in on this portion of the page.…Command, space bar, click and drag.…Certain typefaces, Minion Pro italic being one of them,…may have swash characters designed to be used only…for the initial letter of the word.…And I can apply swash characters…by coming to my open type options and choosing swash.…
And if you come to this option…and you see that its surrounded by square brackets,…that means there aren't any swash characters…for the type face that you're using.…Zooming back out now,…command, option or control alt zero.…And now talking about contextual alternates,…which are somewhat different from swash characters,…but very much related to them.…In this open-type pro font, Bickham Script,…many of the characters have alternate forms.…I can turn them on in several different ways.…
I could select the type,…come to my open type menu,…
- 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
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
InDesign: Layout and Compositionwith 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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