A Blank Sheet: Typing on Your Page

A Blank Sheet Typing on Your Page

Before you type on your page you need a container or text frame to hold your text. The good news is that with InDesign, unlike QuarkXPress, you don't have to first draw a text frame. Instead, you can create a text frame on the fly with your Type Tool, which really speeds things up. Using your Type Tool, click and drag to define the width and depth of your text frame (or, if you have a text frame already on the page, just click that) and type away.

Figures 2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C. Scaling a Text Frame.

Tip: Scaling Type

Here is one of my favorite tipsand so simple. Drag out a text frame with your Type Tool, then type your text. You may find that your text frame is much bigger than necessary to accommodate your text. No worries, all you do is click on the Fit Frame to Content icon in the Control palette, or press Cmd+Option+C (Ctrl+Alt+C) to fit your frame nice and snug around your text. Clean, elegant, unclutteredand fantastic if you then want to scale the text by eye. Hold down Command+Shift (Ctrl+Shift) and drag from one of the four corners of the text frame to size the type while maintaining its proportions.


Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology

Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects

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InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French
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