Learn how to use and where to find InDesign's various spacing characters.
- [Voiceover] InDesign has several different widths…of spacing character.…They're all available on the white space menu.…I'll just insert my cursor right there,…come to the Type menu, Insert White Space,…and here they all are.…So in terms of their relative sizes,…the biggest of them is the em space,…and here we see the em space and the en space,…and a word space for context.…So both the em and the en, bigger than a word space.…
But the em space is the size of your type,…so if your type size is 12, your em space is 12.…Your type size is 24, your em space is 24, et cetera.…En space is half that, and then on down.…So when would you use these?…Well, in the previous movie, I was talking about em dashes,…and em dashes a lot of people prefer…to put a thin space either side of the em dash.…Here's a time when you might favor en spaces or em spaces,…if you have a bullet list, and you feel like…there's just not enough room between the bullet character…and the opening character when you use a regular word space.…
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- 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 Intermediate
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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