Using Type Tools
OpenType fonts often contain a treasure trove of typographic options. Discover some easy ways to enhance your typography by taking advantage of discretionary ligatures, swashes or titling alternates – to name just a few.
Take charge of your hyphens. To produce top-notch typography, don’t let your design application hyphenate phone numbers, URLs or proper names. Master these simple steps to show your hyphens who’s boss.
Missing Font Mysteries- Solved At Last!
Why do fonts that you are not using in a document show up as “missing”? Here are the four likeliest causes — and how to avoid them.
From metal to digital: Bridging the gap, Optimizing digital font readability (Part 2)
One size cannot fit all … uses. Each digital font is designed to look its best within a particular point-size range, but you can easily adjust a font’s built-in spacing and kerning to extend its “optimal readability range.” .
From metal to digital: Understanding the underlying differences (Part 1)
The profusion of digital fonts has ushered in a new Golden Age in terms of typesetting productivity and creativity. It’s helpful to understand the material difference between metal type and digital fonts — and how you can work around it.
Kerning in QuarkXPress and InDesign
Even with today’s digital typesetting technology, some things still have to be done by hand — or do they? Here’s a look at the powerful kerning features built into two popular design applications. Use these features wisely and you’ll save time while achieving better typography, too.
InDesign Shortcuts: Special Characters
Setting type frequently requires the use of symbols, typographically appropriate punctuation and invisible characters that are not easily found on the keyboard. Adobe® InDesign® CS3 has come to the rescue by collecting many of these characters and putting them in an easily-accessible flyout palette off the main menu.
Although many people still use the old copy and paste method, there is a better way to bring in text.
Hanging Characters in QuarkXPress® 8
Quark loyalists have patiently waited (and exchanged many tales of woe) for advanced typesetting features. The very good news is that Quark 8 has finally leapt up to the plate. It offers improved typographical controls with features that don’t only match – but in some cases surpass – those that Adobe® InDesign® provides.
Go Wild With OpenType
Here are a handful of our favorite fonts that make great use of OpenType's rich capabilities. We’ve selected four diverse scripts and a modern sans serif.