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InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, Fourth Edition

Book Description

Typography is the foundation of all graphic design. And if there's one sure way to improve as a graphic designer, it's to become more confident and more sophisticated in your use of type. This fully updated fourth edition is a comprehensive guide to creating professional type with Adobe InDesign. It covers micro and macro typography concepts, from understanding the nuance of a single spacing width to efficiently creating long and complex documents. InDesign Type shows not just how to use InDesign's extensive type features, but why certain approaches are preferable to others, and how to avoid common mistakes. Whether you're creating a single-page flyer or a thousand-page catalog, whether your documents will be printed or viewed on screen, InDesign Type is an invaluable resource for getting the most out of InDesign's typographic toolset.


InDesign Type provides:

• An exclusive focus on the typographic capabilities of InDesign

• Complete coverage of macro and micro typography in InDesign


• Clear, engaging explanations of the why and the how of good typography

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
    1. Organization of this book
  8. Chapter 1. About Type
    1. Type Choices
    2. Type Anatomy and Classification
    3. View the Page
    4. Create a Typography Workspace
  9. Chapter 2. Type on the Page
    1. Text Frames
    2. Text Flow
    3. Text Threads
    4. The Story Editor
    5. Text Cleanup
  10. Chapter 3. Type Choices
    1. Text Selection Methods
    2. Basic Character Formats
    3. Typekit
    4. Legibility and Readability
  11. Chapter 4. Screen Typography
    1. Types of Digital Publishing
    2. Choosing Type for Screens
    3. Preparing Type for Screens
  12. Chapter 5. Leading
    1. Leading Size
    2. Avoid Auto Leading (Most of the Time)
    3. Keep It Consistent, Except …
  13. Chapter 6. Alignment
    1. Horizontal Alignment
    2. Vertical Alignment
  14. Chapter 7. Letterspacing, Tracking, and Kerning
    1. Letterspacing vs. Tracking
    2. Tracking vs. Kerning
    3. Kerning
  15. Chapter 8. Small (but Important) Details
    1. Special Characters
    2. White Space Characters
    3. The Glyphs Panel
    4. OpenType Features
  16. Chapter 9. Paragraph Indents and Spacing
    1. First-Line Indents
    2. Hanging Indents
    3. Left and Right Indents
    4. Space Before and Space After
  17. Chapter 10. Breaking (and Not Breaking)
    1. Hyphenation
    2. Break Characters
    3. Keep Options
  18. Chapter 11. Tables
    1. Table Aesthetics
    2. Creating a Table
    3. Table Selection Methods
    4. Working with Rows and Columns
    5. Working with Table Cells
    6. Other Table Considerations
  19. Chapter 12. Bullet and Number Lists
    1. Working with Lists
    2. Bullet Lists
    3. Numbered Lists
    4. Tabs
  20. Chapter 13. Drop Caps
    1. Creating a Simple Drop Cap
    2. Drop Cap Aesthetics
  21. Chapter 14. Combine Typefaces
    1. Things to Avoid
    2. Vive la Différence
    3. It’s a Family Affair
    4. Go for Contrast
    5. From the Same Stable
    6. Historical Accuracy
    7. Combining Characteristics
  22. Chapter 15. Styles
    1. Defining Our Terms
    2. Why Use Styles?
    3. Creating Paragraph Styles
    4. Applying Styles
    5. Editing and Adapting Styles
    6. Character Styles
    7. Object Styles
    8. Table and Cell Styles
    9. Features Related to Styles
  23. Chapter 16. Type and Image
    1. Text Wraps
    2. Simple Type Effects
  24. Chapter 17. Page Geometry, Grids, and White Space
    1. Setting Up the Document
    2. Master Pages
    3. Setting Up Columns
    4. Working with Grids
    5. White Space
  25. Appendix. Type Checklist
    1. Keep It Simple
    2. Consider the Spacing
    3. Sweat the Details
    4. Maximize Readability
    5. Think Locally, Format Globally
  26. Index