Up until now all of our text has been set using pixels.…Pixels are great, because they give us control over the design and because…anyone with previous experience with pixel-based software like Photoshop already…knows how to think in pixels.…For example, here is a low- quality pixel-based image.…We can see the pixels creating a jagged edge, but pixels pose a problem.…They're not flexible.…A pixel is a pixel and they cannot be re- sized or scaled in all browsers or on all devices.…
For example, in Internet Explorer text set in pixels cannot be scaled.…This can pose a problem…if a reader needs their text bigger or smaller but doesn't want to change the…overall layout of the page. Thus we have ems.…What is an em?…Think of an em as a square.…It can be used to set height or width just like a pixel. But what does 1 em mean?…The basic em equals 100% of the browser's default font-size which is 16 pixels.…
So 1 em is often 16 pixels, but an em is more than that.…An em is a relative unit of measurement.…That means it allows us as designers to set a measurement relative to…
- Understanding how good typography promotes reading
- Choosing web-safe fonts
- Applying web fonts in CSS with @font-face
- Adding and applying the Google Fonts syntax
- Finding and applying a good font size, line height, and line length
- Improving a color palette by improving contrast and reducing optical vibration
- Understanding how people mentally organize, or chunk, visual elements
- Applying a system of hierarchy in HTML and CSS
- Applying vertical spacing in CSS
- Adding emphasis within a heading
- Understanding classic and modernist typographic pages
- Adding a list of links
- Creating drop caps
- Fixing quotation marks, apostrophes, and dashes
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Where can I learn more about graphic design?
A: Discover more about this topic by visiting graphic design on lynda.com.
1. Using Fonts to Communicate the Meaning of a Word or Headline
2. Using Fonts for Text
3. Maximizing Readability
4. Visually Chunking Text
5. Shaping a Page Using Typography
6. Shaping a Traditional Typographic Page
7. Shaping a Modernist Typographic Page
8. Attending to the Typographic Details
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