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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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How can I add languages in Adobe Illustrator CS5.1? [duplicate]

I am working on a project and I need Persian,Dari and some other languages but I don't have them. So Please tell me how to add other languages to adobe Illustrator. I tried by selecting Arabic font ...
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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!

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 ...
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Footnote/Endnote reference characters before or after an ellipsis?

I was checking guidance on where to put footnote or endnote reference characters relative to punctuation and found a really clear answer for everything except an ellipsis. It's pretty unlikely and ...
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Footnote/Endnote references before or after punctuation? (comma, full stop/period, semi-colon…)

Simple question: what's the convention (or, if there's disagreement, guiding principles) for where to place reference, footnote and endnote numbers that apply to a clause leading up to a punctuation ...
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Principles of Typography for different languages

Sometimes German students ask me how to do the typesetting of documents in English, French or Spanish. I'm not able to help them because I never learned to speak or write French or Spanish. ...
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What are diacritical marks?

I've seen symbols with accents which are often referred to as diacritical marks. But what are they exactly? How many such accents even exist? And how do current typography tools (fonts, word ...
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Is it ok to mix fonts in Japanese documents?

If careful, reading, understanding, and form can be improved when mixing fonts carefully. For example, using carefully matched sans-serif fonts for titles with serif-fonts for text can achieve a ...
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How wide should the word space after nobiliary particles be? (von, de la, …)

Is it preferable to write a thin space after nobiliary particles (von, de la, …)? Does for example Miguel de\,Cervantes y\,Saavedra look better than the standard width spaced equivalent?
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Are there typographic methods of rendering a document traceable?

I seem to recall an anecdote on how one branch of the British government had designed a way to circulate seemingly identical for-your-eyes-only documents to a small circle of high-level collaborators, ...
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Right-aligned tabbing not working as expected in InDesign

Working on creating a table of contents. It's right aligned, and since the page numbers go into double digits, I wanted to have a tab in between the page number and the page title so I know that the ...
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What is the purpose of typesetting a Word document with InDesign?

We have a bunch of Word documents that people create using a template that matches our business's look-and-feel. When we're done writing the content, we send it to a designer than the typeset the ...
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Determining Gutter Size in Grid Design

Is there a rule of thumb for determining grid gutter size as it relates to type size? I'm struggling with this issue on the web, especially when dealing with larger size type set at 20px and above. ...
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Great Anti-Aliasing settings for text: methods,tips, tricks, advice?

Why doesn't type look crisp and clear in Fireworks/Photoshop etc? I am the only one working on a PC at my work place, I've noticed that the text in my Fireworks looks a bit ragged on the edges, its ...
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Flip type when its on a path, AI CS5

I'm putting some type on a path, a circle; but when I do it, the type is upside down. How can I flip it so it reads the right way up? See image below:
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What does “letterfit” mean?

I started reading The Elements of Typographic Style and found the term "letterfit". I'm unsure as to what it means. It doesn't appear in the glossary of terms of the book. Is it related to kerning?
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How can I remove a space between two words and still make it accessible?

In headings, I am getting rid of spaces between two-word phrases and using color to differentiate between the words instead. EXAMPLE: I would like this... <h1>Two Words</h1> to render ...
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Photoshop: Does creating a work path from type lose quality?

In Photoshop there is a menu option to create a vector from a text layer: Layer > Type > Create Work Path. Does this lose any quality over leaving it as a text layer, such as font hinting?
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Importing a page onto a differently sized page in Scribus

I'm quite sorry for my unclear question. I have two Scribus documents, the contents of a club magazine (i.e. everything from TOC to colophon) and the cover (which is in color). For space reasons I ...
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What's with all the Lorems and the Ipsums?

Is there a better way to represent text in a layout or design? "Lorem Ipsum" is good at taking your attention away from the text to showcase the design as a whole but I think it looks unnatural for ...
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what software to use to transcribe a book ?

I have an older book (it isn't copyrighted), and as a certain tribute and preservation, I'd like to transcribe this book to a digital form. I was wondering what application to use to do this. I don't ...
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What should I use for filler/placeholder text?

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How long of a name do you budget for in a template?

I'm designing a name overlay for a series of videos and I'm curious how long of a name I should budget for without knowing what ones might come my way. As it's for a video it should be reasonably ...
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where do you get your type inspiration or how do you decide for the right type?

I was wondering where do you guys get your inspiration for Type and How you decide the right Type Face for your projects. thanks!