Using Type Tools
Does designing a table of contents drive you dotty? Next time, remember to say “take me to your tab leader.” Learning how to use your application’s automated tab leader function is a great way to save time and keep your layouts looking professional.
Your computer should never be trusted to create a bold or italic version of a font – and with style-linking, it won’t even be tempted. Style-linked fonts can make your life easier and your type look better. Here’s a simple explanation of how they work.
Spacing and Kerning, Part 2
If the letter spacing and kerning of a font you love is less than perfect, there’s hope: today’s design programs have advanced type manipulation features that allow you to improve the way any font looks “out of the box.”
Spacing and Kerning, Part 1
What makes a typeface look the way it does? The design of the letter shapes is a primary factor, but it’s by no means the only one. The spacing of a font has a large impact on how it looks when set, and should be a consideration when choosing and using a typeface.
Small Caps in InDesign CS3 and QuarkXPress 7
Use the real thing. True-drawn small caps, that is. Learn how to use this typographically sophisticated feature in Adobe InDesign CS3 and QuarkXPress 7.
Typographic logo designs may require subtle modifications for different applications. It’s smart – and helpful – to work with your client early on to identify the range of sizes and media in which a logo will be used.
Optical Margin Alignment in InDesign
Even with all the technology at the disposal of today’s designers, in the end it’s what the human eye sees that counts. That’s why hung punctuation is one of the skills to master when you’re ready to add professional finesse to your typography.
OpenType Pro fonts offer an extended character set supporting most Central European and many Eastern European languages, as well as English. Many also contain small caps, old style figures, extended ligature sets, swash and alternate characters.
Today’s OpenType fonts come equipped with a virtual buffet of numeral styles, but all those choices can be a bit much for your design application to swallow. Here’s a practical guide to help you find your way.
Making Fractions in OpenType
Making professional-looking fractions with OpenType is a snap – as long as you have the right font!