Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Definition, part of InDesign Typography Part 1.
- [Voiceover] I'd like to begin this chapter…on leading with a definition of leading.…Leading is the space between lines of type,…so-called because it used to be achieved by adding…thin strips of lead between the lines of type.…On the left, we see a passage that has no extra lead added.…I.e., the size of the leading is…the same as the size of the type.…The same passage on the right has seven points…of lead added, indicated by the colored strips,…each of which is seven points in height.…
Leading is measured from the baseline of one line of type…to the baseline of the next line, and if I select this…vertical line, we see that its height is 70 points.…If ever you find yourself needing to measure…the leading value of an already-printed piece of type,…then you can use a leading gauge, or leading ruler.…And these can be purchased from graphic supply stores,…and they're a useful thing to have in your studio.…On the next page, we have the same passage…with three different leading values.…
Leading plays a very important part…
- 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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