InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign / Edition 2

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Adobe InDesign is the world's premier page-layout tool, and its user-friendly yet sophisticated typographic controls are a big reason why. This updated edition of Nigel French's InDesign Type-the first book to focus exclusively on the typographic features of InDesign-provides a comprehensive overview of the application's vast array of type capabilities, from the basics of character-level formatting to strategies for designing complex layouts using grids. With practical examples, loads of tips, and a wealth of illustrations, InDesign Type offers guiding principles for how to get the best-looking type in the most efficient way possible. InDesign Type is a rich resource for anyone who wants to master the fine points of typography and works with Adobe InDesign.

InDesign Type provides:

An exclusive focus on the typographic capabilities of InDesign

Complete coverage of type in InDesign CSS

Clear, engaging explanations of the Why and the how of good typography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321685360
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 884,159
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graphics pro Nigel French currently works as a consultant for IPC Media in London. In addition, he has taught graphic design at several Bay Area colleges and is the author of the previous edition of this book as well as PageMaker 6.5 for Windows Bible(IDG).

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Getting Started 1

Type Anatomy and Classification 4

An InDesign Type Map: Where to Find the Type Stuff 10

Viewing Your Page 15

Creating a Typography Workspace 16

Chapter 2 Getting Type on your Page 21

Creating Text Frames 22

Text Flow 23

Threading Text Frames 27

Using the Story Editor 36

Cleaning up Text 38

Chapter 3 Character Formats 41

Text Selection Methods 42

Character Formatting Options 43

Readability 58

Chapter 4 Leading 61

Getting the Lead Out 62

(Not) Using Auto Leading 68

Keep it Consistent, Except . . . 69

Chapter 5 Letterspacing, Tracking, and Kerning 73

Letterspacing vs. Tracking 74

Tracking vs. Kerning 76

Kerning 82

Chapter 6 Small (but Important) Details 89

Typographer's Quotes 90

Apostrophes 91

Punctuation 91

Dashes 93

Ellipses 94

End Marks 94

Symbols 94

White Space Characters 95

The Glyphs Panel 97

Unicode 99

Ligatures, Diphthongs, and the Dotless! 103

Ornaments 105

Swash Characters 105

Oldstyle Figures 105

Contextual Alternates 106

Titling Alternates 106

Optical Sizes 107

Chapter 7 Alignment 109

Horizontal Alignment 110

Left Alignment 110

Justified Alignment (Justified with last line aligned left) 113

Centering Type 117

Right-Aligned Type 119

Other Justification Options 119

Combining Left and Right Alignment 121

Hanging Punctuation 122

Vertical Alignment 122

Chapter 8 Paragraph Indents and Spacing 125

First-Line Indents 126

Hanging Indents 129

Left and Right Indents 130

Space Before and Space After 132

Chapter 9 Breaking (and Not Breaking) Words, Lines, Paragraphs, and Pages 135

Hyphenation 136

Hyphenation Options 137

Discretionary Hyphens and Nonbreaking Hyphens 140

Hyphenation and User Dictionaries 142

Hyphenation Dos and Don'ts 143

The No Break Attribute 145

Break Characters 146

Keep Options 147

Chapter 10 Tabs, Tables, and Lists 151

Working with Tables 152

Bulleted and Numbered lists 165

Tabs 168

Chapter 11 Drop Caps 171

Creating a Simple Drop Cap 174

Drop Cap Aesthetics 176

Difficult Drop Caps 180

Chapter 12 Global Formatting with Styles 183

Defining Our Terms 184

Why Use Styles? 184

[Basic Paragraph] 185

Creating Styles 185

Applying Styles 187

Editing Styles 190

Loading Styles from Another Document 191

Organizing Styles 192

Combining Typefaces 194

A Typical Style Sheet 196

Character Styles 200

Paragraph Rules 204

Sequential Styles 204

Nested Styles 207

Nested Line Styles 209

GREP Styles 210

Object Styles 211

Table and Cell Styles 214

Chapter 13 Working with Text Wraps 217

Applying Text Wraps 218

Wrapping Type Around Irregularly Shaped Graphics 221

Ignoring a Text Wrap 227

Chapter 14 Pages, Margins, Columns, and Grids 231

Setting Up the Document 232

Setting Up Columns 240

Using Grids 243

Page Numbers and Running Heads 260

Bibliography 265

Index 269

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