Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Using ems to set font size, part of Typography for Web Designers.
Up until now we've set our text using pixels.…In this lesson we're going to set our font size using ems.…Ems are relative unit of measurement, based on the default font size of the page.…Let's start by finding the right size for our text.…We'll be working on the sans serif version of a bibliography, so we'll…be looking at PT Sans.…The recommended size is 12 to 16 pixels.…12 pixels isn't bad, because it has a larger x-height than Georgia, but it's…still a little small.…
14 pixels is more legible.…PT Sans bold is a little narrow.…This reduces the amount of space in the letters. Bumping the text up two pixels…helps with readability.…Now let's work on the line height.…A recommended measurement for line height is 150% of the font size.…PT Sans has a larger x-height, so I thought it would need a little more space…between the lines of text, because the larger x-height takes up some of the…internal space and makes the lines of text look closer together. But 150% looks fine.…
This line height helps the lines stand apart from each other a bit, without them…
- 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
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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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