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Problem changing type orientation in illustrator

I'm trying to change the type orientation in Illustrator CS5, but it doesn't seem to be working. Normally i select type > type orientation > Vertical and the orientation changes so that the letters ...
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Choosing colours for type in web design

This is something that I've struggled with for a while now and I really want to correct it. Whenever I create a web design I use a colour pallete of 2 or 3 contrasting colours normally for things ...
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How to move footnotes to next column?

How can I move footnotes to the next column? I need the vertical space at the bottom for a table, otherwise it gets split in 2. I tried the footnote paragraph's Keep options and it didn't pan out ...
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Good strategies for typesetting bilingual books

I’m currently laying out and typesetting the second edition of an academic book about European fisheries and their status in the current EU climate. The book is bilingual, with all articles appearing ...
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Why some style guides ask to put figures on separate pages?

Why some style guides ask to put figures at separate pages? For example, APA: Place each figure on a separate page at the end of your manuscript, after any tables (or after the reference list, ...
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Why do they use “dp square” unit for measurements of baseline grid in relation to “icons”, but “dp” unit in relation to “type”?

In this specification document for Material Design in Android, it is written, All components align to an 8dp square baseline grid. Type aligns to a 4dp baseline grid. Iconography in toolbars ...
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Remove extra space in front of the text without outlining it? [Illustrator]

Did anyone figure it out on how to remove that little extra space in front of the text?
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Aligning letters “Wrong” appears more “Right”

I'm currently working on a logo for a client. Here is the work in progress. It seems obvious to me that the S should align with the line above. I feel that the best way of aligning it however is to ...
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Photoshop - How to Create Overlapping Stroke on Font?

I want create a type in which the letters overlap each other (let's say -200 VA setting), and then make a stroke that will be overlapping. Letters themselves shouldn't be filled with any color, but ...
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Optical margin alignment in InDesign CC

Does anybody know how to add rules for Type>Story>Optical margin alignment setting? It used for "hanging punctuation" and I need to add some characters that will "hang". For exapmple russian ...
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Can I set text to appear at exact left of frame InDesign?

How can I set text to appear at exact left of frame in InDesign? When left aligned, text still appears slightly inset within the text frame. Can it be made to align to the exact left edge?
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Typesetting and book page layout using pen and paper

I have seen a lot of sketches of rough design for graphic design projects. But if one has to design text size, alignment, etc. is pen and paper a good way to plan? If yes, how do people do it? Do ...
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When should I use the Unicode punctuation space character in French written texts?

I couldn't find any authoritative references about this which are available on public internet. the code is 0x2008.
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How can I create rounded corners In Adobe Illustrator in a specific way?

Say i'm rounding the corners of a word that i've typeset in Illustrator (as if i were creating a logo). That word is 'Kresge' and i've set it in 'Avenir Heavy', a sturdy sans-serif typeface. You'll ...
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How to maintain scale aesthetics while maintaining legibility

I have simply advert that I am making for a publication. I have some copy in the bottom right, in 10pt Italic Garamond 3 LT Std in grey. When it was presented to the client, I got the feedback that ...
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Why does this line appear in my text? [duplicate]

Do you know why this horizontal line appears at the top of this headline text? It shows in Illustrator and when saved as JPG, and in some PDF viewers. This is a single click text line (not a text ...
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What is the name of this element?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me the name of this design element - I've seen it used for quotes, such as in Yahoo News Digest, but also in other places. It came up on github, and I'm not sure ...
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Why should I ever use Unicode’s special characters for Roman numerals?

This is to answer a question which arose in the comments on this question on the Unicode characters for Roman numerals: Why is this necessary or preferred over the usual way of typing ai, ai-ai, ...
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setting text on an diagonal path

I've tried a variety of methods of getting the same style of type, setting it on a path, skewing the text after setting it on a path, setting each individual letter, but none are quite right. Is there ...
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What characteristics are common to well-designed and well-formatted textbooks?

I'm looking for inspiration on how to make my book appear more professional with regard to typesetting and page design/layout (although of course these alone don't make it more professional). I found ...
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When and why do I use “s”-shaped quotation marks?

When and why would you use quotation marks that are the superscript of the letter "s"? It looks like this: In case you want to look it up yourself, I've seen it in a recent book by the philosopher ...
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Where to start with Design with Text/Fonts/Typesetting?

I am a technical guy (software developer) and for some inexplicable reason kind of love looking at text or typesetting design (is that even the right phrase?) . I love what graphic designers create, ...
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Why do my clients hate anything below 12 pt?

Why is it the majority of my clients absolutely refuse to go below 12 point for body copy? No matter how many stunning examples I provide, or how many people whose work I credit, they always scoff and ...
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Maths + Graphic Design - Did somebody try that?

Hello and wish you a nice day to all. I'm working on project of visualizating math formulas into such form that it would be easily comprehensible and readable, simply beautiful to look at. I've been ...
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Are there “bi-form” fonts that don't have descenders?

Is there a font that displays the entire image of each and every one of the 52 English alphabet shapes ➝ and ➝ above (on) the baseline? Clarification: Examples of shapes that ...
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How to typeset units in HTML

What is the correct way to set type units in HTML? Stuff like 2km Do I just put the unit right after the value as above? Or is there a special short space? If so how do I prevent a line break ...
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From optical to manual kerning (critique)

I'm working in Illustrator. The default letter-spacing (Auto) doesn't look very good. I think changing kerning to Optical is already an improvement. That said I still think there are a few issues. ...
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How do I make overset text automatically flow into adjacent columns, in Photoshop

Is it possible [in Photoshop] to make overset text flow into an adjacent column, once the first text box is full? ex. I have two three columns [A,B and C] and a surplus of copy. Once column A is ...
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Where should drop cap be suitable?

I wonder where drop caps should be used. So far, I only see them in column of newspaper. Are there any cases which drop caps shouldn't be used, like in scientific papers or brochures?
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In InDesign is it possible to find and change uppercase to lowercase?

Is there a way to find and change uppercase letters of a certain character style and change them to lowercase within InDesign?
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Improving readability in MS Word

When using MS Word is an absolute requirement to create a long text document, I usually suggest the following to any given user: Flush-left since MS Word doesn't allow the kind of ...
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How to OTF export the font I created in Indyfont?

I've created a custom made bullet and used the indyfont script to set up the export but I'm not able to click on the the OTF export button. I'm not sure what to do.
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What symbol to choose to indicate a subcategory or next page

In a very short descriptive text I want to indicate that a user has to open several cascading/nested sections in a menu structure. At the moment I use the > character to indicate the structure. But is ...
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Textbook layout including examples of two different computer programming languages?

I am currently producing a new edition of an old book of mine; this new book will incorporate code samples from several different computing environments. What I want to know is: what is the best way ...
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Readable/clearer type on 3D rotated images

I'm using a lot of 3D rotated images, especially in mockups. I've always noticed that text become slightly less clear when they're rotated. I've always accepted this, since I thought there was no way ...
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Proper typesetting guide

Is there a typesetting guide for English on the web somewhere, whether UK or American or both? I’m thinking of something with rules for correct hyphenation, punctuation, dashes, commas, correct ...
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Photoshop CS5 Type Tool frustration! [closed]

So I choose the type tool and key in 2 words. I want to change the the 2nd word to a different color. I select the second word and change its color on the Options bar. The following strangeness ...
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Photoshop Typing Issue [closed]

Photoshop changes the place during typing. When I try to type ”17. March 2014”, it write "March 2014 .17" I can't explain well, so I made a video. http://monosaal.com/wtf.mov Does somebody know how ...
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Determining Relative Font Width (Proportion)

I am working on a web application that sends print data to a newspaper system - we do not actually load and store font information we just create an approximation of the article to be printed. I am ...
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What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name?

What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name in older printed texts, and what is their purpose? Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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How do I get text/words to roll over into the next line, leaving the current line unjustified? [closed]

How do I get text/words on a page to flow into the next line, mid-word without Pages (Mac) automatically justifying?
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What is it called when you place text over an image?

For example, in this album cover: Is the text "imposed" over the image? What is the right word for placing one layer of design on top of another?
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Typesetting and page layout resources [closed]

I have been building ebooks for a while now, and now would like to tinker with printed media. What are some good resources (books, websites) that have typesetting and page layout rules? Everything ...
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Small caps in names as part of an adjective

I know many scientific publications tend to write the names of authors, or names of people in general, in small caps. I quite like this idea, since it helps readers not to try and understand a word ...
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How can I “type on path” in Cinema4d like I can do in (eg) Illustrator?

We all know you can "type on path" in Adobe's Illustrator like this: Now, I would like to do the same in Maxon's Cinema 4D but after checking the documents and several search engines, I still ...
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Control the size of subsequent footnote frames - InDesign

Is there a way to keep very long footnotes from filling the page? I know you can put in frame breaks manually or setup a paragraph style that limits to one paragraph per page, but neither of those are ...
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Typesetting acceptance of spacing slashes?

In UI design, one often has to work in the confines of limited space and/or simply try to reduce overly excessive descriptions and such. Often, this results in using slashes a lot. This/that type of ...
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How to modify basic paragraph in Photoshop CS6?

After pressing OK button new paragraph rule created. But I need to modify basic paragraph.
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Typesetting tools other than LaTeX

I come from a Computer Science background and i'm used to write my reports/documents in LaTeX. They look great and things like Hyphenation and kerning (using microspace package) are automatically ...
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CharterBT/CMSans complementary monospaced font

I am writing a technical documentation in LaTeX which will also include code listings and in-text keywords set in Monospace. After reading this post i chose a combination of CharterBT for text and ...