Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Ligatures, part of InDesign Typography Part 1.
- [Voiceover] In this chapter, we are going to look at…Open Type features, beginning in this movie with ligatures.…Ligatures being two or more characters…that are fused into a single character…to avoid the appearance of a character collision.…So they're purely aesthetic.…Let's just take a look at this first column…where the ligatures are turned off…and you can see that we have an…unfortunate character collision with the lowercase f and i,…and the lowercase f and l.…
To turn on ligatures,…I'll just put my cursor into this text frame.…Press command a,…come up to my control panel menu…and we just need to make sure that…this option here is checked.…To incorporate ligatures into a paragraph style,…you'll find the option in your basic character formats.…This check box.…Now while ligatures are almost always a good idea…when working with serif type.…When you work with sans serif type,…the problem of the character collision…may not exist in the first place…so there is no need for ligatures…and what's more, using ligatures can just look rather odd.…
- 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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