Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Scaling type, part of InDesign Typography (2012).
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In the previous movie, we saw using some keyboard shortcuts to size your type. That type was a selected paragraph, or it could have been a line, or just a word of a continuous text flow. In this case, I am going to resize all of the type in this text frame, and if you have a text frame where you want to resize all of the type within it, you might consider using this approach. I'm also going to point out a potential area of confusion when using this approach. Before I do anything, let's just note the size of this type; it is 102 points.
Now, when I come to my Selection tool, hold down my Command and Shift key, and then just drag out to make that bigger, we can see, very easily, very effectively, I can scale the frame, and the type within the frame. Now let's go and have a look at the size of the type. We see that it remains 102 points, but then we have this value in parentheses after it. If I hover over that field, I can see in my tooltip, 201 points.
So what's going on here? This is to do with a preference. Now, it's unlikely that you will have this preference turned on. I've turned this preference on just to illustrate the potential problem, but the preference is this one. If we go to General, it is Object Editing > Adjust Scaling Percentage. When we do this, your type size will remain at its initial size, then with its real size parenthetically after that, and that can be very confusing.
So how do we not have that? Well, if you have it already, you can do this. Select the text frame, and then from the control panel menu, come and choose Redefine Scaling as 100%. So now when I do that, nothing visually changes about the type, but when we look at its type size, we can see that its type size is now accurately reflected. And then, just to make sure that doesn't happen again, in the Preferences, set my Object Editing to Apply to Content, so that now, when I use that same keyboard shortcut, Command+Shift or Control+Shift, and pull from one of the corners, sizing the type proportionally, and applying the new scale to the content.
- 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