By John McWade | Thursday, September 3, 2015
Making up the acres of gray in books, magazines, reports, and hundreds of other documents, text type is more common than any other.
When reading is the primary goal, it’s the designer’s job to ensure that the text is smooth, flowing, and pleasant to read.
In my new video course, Before & After: How to Set Perfect Text, I walk you through choosing the right typefaces and adjusting the letterforms so they’re balanced and beautiful.
But here are eight quick tips to help you choose the most readable typeface for print.
By David Blatner | Thursday, February 27, 2014
Explore InDesign Secrets at lynda.com.
Create blank lines for your forms and contracts the easy way in InDesign. David Blatner reveals his secret for adding blank lines inside running text and at the end of a line: rules. When you want to add them after text, simply select the text, open the Paragraph Rules dialog, and enable Rule Above and Rule Below. You can then adjust properties like weight, offset, width, and indent to fit your layout. You can even transform your custom rules into a paragraph style, so you can add more blank lines with a single click.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 9, 2014
Get your Word styles into your InDesign layout with a minimum of fuss. Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to place the contents of a Word file into InDesign without stripping out this useful bit of formatting. The secret is to map your styles. Learn how to customize your style import, map your styles, and even save the Word and InDesign style relationships as a preset. Watch the video below for a brand-new InDesign Secrets.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 19, 2013
Learn a quick and elegant way to style pull quotes. Anne-Marie Concepcion shows you three quick tricks for pull quotes this week in InDesign Secrets. Find out how to style your attribution differently than the quote itself using nested styles, make your rag nice and even with Balance Ragged Lines, and turn your quotation marks into hanging punctuation. Watch the free video below to get started.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 5, 2013
Widows and orphans, those short lines or words at the end or beginning of a paragraph, are a typesetter’s nightmare. While you can eliminate them with soft returns or tracking, you’ll save time and effort by using Adobe InDesign’s powerful typesetting engine instead. Using styles, you can adjust the word spacing, letter spacing, or even change the number of hyphens. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create paragraph styles to reformat your text, and save time during layout for more important design issues. Watch the free video below to get started.
By David Blatner | Thursday, April 4, 2013
No one likes formatting prices, but in this week’s free InDesign Secrets video, Adobe InDesign guru David Blatner shows you how to add custom dollar signs and superscripts for your cents with one single paragraph style. The magic lies with nested styles and GREP styles. Let David show you how these work.
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