InDesign Typography (2012)

with Nigel French
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InDesign Typography (2012)
Video duration: 0s 9h 7m Intermediate Updated Nov 12, 2014


Explore the numerous type options, type-related features, and type-specific preferences of Adobe InDesign. Using practical, real-world examples, instructor and designer Nigel French dissects the anatomy of a typeface and defines the vocabulary of typography. The course moves from the micro to the macro level, addressing issues such as choosing page size, determining the size of margins, adjusting number columns, and achieving a clean look with baseline grids. This course takes you from laying out a page to delving into the hows and whys of typography.

Topics include:
  • Understanding text threads and text flow methods in InDesign
  • Using Copy and Paste vs. Place
  • Choosing and combining typefaces
  • Understanding leading and how it relates to type size and column width
  • Comparing points, picas, and ems
  • Learning the proper use of white space and break characters
  • Understanding the finer points of kerning and tracking
  • Working with punctuation, special characters, ornaments, and ligatures
  • Aligning text
  • Applying global formatting with paragraph, character, and object styles
  • Refining spacing with indents
  • Creating drop caps
  • Avoiding common problems associated with justified type and text wraps
  • Setting up margins and columns


- Welcome to InDesign Typography. I'm Nigel French. Typography underpins everything we create in InDesign. This course focuses on InDesign's type-related features. It's a balance of principles, many of which pre-date InDesign and specifics, how to put these principles into practice using InDesign. We'll be looking at typography on a macro level, for example, setting up pages and working with styles, and on a micro level, dealing with the small but important details of how to set dashes, ligatures, special characters and different spacing widths.

The content is appropriate for beginning InDesign users as well as for experienced users wanting a refresher on type. Join me now and let's get started with InDesign Typography.

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