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Questions about typesetting; the process of creating text by the use of types for printed and digital designs. It's the art of perfecting the position, readability and aesthetics of a body of content such as a heading or paragraph. Ask anything about typesetting for a design project.

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Is it possible to set your own white space in InDesign

I'm looking for a way to set my own white space in InDesign. In the same way as you can insert em-space or en-space I would like to insert a certain amount of space I've decided myself. I.e. a white ...
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Correct way to encode mixed width text in Unicode? [migrated]

From what I read, the fullwidth glyphs in Unicode are provided solely for backward compatibility and lossless roundtrip with legacy standards such as Shift-JIS. The rationale seems to be that Unicode ...
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Term for descenders interrupting underlines?

Is there a term of art in typesetting to designate the practice of interrupting an underline where it intersects a descender? It's called "skip ink" in CSS, but how do printers and ...
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Which is the best viewBox canvas aspect-ratio for an icon set

I've noticed that different SVG icon sets use different aspect ratios for the canvas (the viewBox on SVG). Font Awesome seems to use: 7:8. (source) Entypo use 5:4. (source) Typicons and Bootstrap use ...
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Pixelated PNG exports from InDesign

I am making display ads in InDesign. The sizes are rather small (300x600, 300x250, 336x280, 720x900. The images I placed and the text get pixelated on the PNG export. When I export at 600 DPI and then ...
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Moving at least two words to the next line in paragraph

I hate it when the paragraph ends with one word on the the last line. It's just not right for it to hang there by itself like that. Is there a way to force the last line to have at least 2 words?
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How do you make a multiplication sign in Illustrator?

It looks like an "x" but not quite. I am using Adobe Illustrator 2023 on a Mac, if that matters.
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What is this "circled G" glyph alongside Greek text in an English book from 1765?

From Thomas Edwards' The Canons of Criticism, printed by C. Bathurst (1765) in London, in a font that (as you can see) has long-S and c-t ligatures: The text centered in this image says: of Nat. ...
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What elements of this design make it look better than mine?

I made this design for practice, a simple popup warning someone of something: Immediately, I could tell there was something wrong with it, but I couldn't quite place my finger on what. I shared this ...
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Diactric marks like `ąęłćżńźó` not working with keyboard shortcut

Is there any possibility to be able to write using alt + [] to make diactric marks (Polish), while having Adobe Illustrator in English language? Using for example alt + e only results in starting ...
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Superscript text in GIMP

How can I add superscript text to text in GIMP? I am looking for other solutions than adding another textbox with just smaller font size...
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Creative solution for Headings that sometimes have numbers and sometimes don't

While setting headings for a book I ran into a typesetting issue where I would love to get some hints and different point of views from the creative folks out there. I am setting a "book" ...
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Photoshop CC 2021 typing backwards (!!!like this)

I work as a typesetter in a scanlation team therefore i work with text in photoshop A LOT. Recently, i had to reinstall PS due to resetting Windows. I got the same version i used before (and had no ...
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Introduce paragraphs with a term and colon

Particularly in students papers, I often see the that they start a paragraph, which may be quite lengthy, with a specific term followed by a colon. I believe this is just very comfortable for the ...
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InDesign: Is there a way to ask InDesign not to remove a space behind a selected text when deleting the text?

When I select a text and delete it, InDesign also automatically deletes a space behind the text as well. Is there a way to change this behaviour?
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Typesetting ij/ij in Dutch: vrijgeven or vrijgeven?

Continuing Typesetting in Dutch: Dijkstra vs. Dijkstra, how do you typeset the Dutch word for release: vrijgeven (with two separate glyphs i and j) or vrijgeven (with a ligature ij)? Do i and j in ...
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Can Proper Case be done in photoshop?

Can we do the Proper Case to our text in Adobe Photoshop I am trying to create a flyer where I want my text to be Proper Cased Proper Case: First Letter Capital and rest is small. e.g. I Am A Member ...
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Footnote style using asterisk should have space or no space between symbol and note?

When referencing a footnote using an asterisk or other acceptable symbols such as dagger and double dagger, in the footnote itself do you put a space between the symbol and the note? Example: This is ...
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Small caps and text figures in titlecase

I'm currently typing up some lecture notes for a university course, and I'm having trouble deciding how exactly I should typeset the title of the document. The title consists of the subject ...
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InDesign Space Before and After not working for paragraph style

Newbie here! I am creating a family cookbook and using the opportunity to learn InDesign. With Paragraph Styles, my most recent pain-point has been adding "space before" and "space ...
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Is the YYYY-MM-DD date format acceptable in print media? How do you typeset it?

The "ISO 8601" date format is praised for its unambiguity, but it's predominantly a digital format, not too common in traditional media. Do you allow YYYY-MM-DD in print projects, or do you ...
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Text Cursor is too big and prevents fitting of the text area

I am trying to fit a text box to the text inside the box, but the cursor and height of the selection of the text is too tall. Whenever I try to fit the text box, the text disappears. This font is ...
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Text not wrapping around anchored image InDesign CC

I am wanting title and description of burger to sit alongside the burger image. The first burger image uses the wrap around bounding box option. I want the following burger image and text to behave ...
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Is it possible prevent styles from "hitching up" direct formatting?

Here is a simple test: Create a new document and a text frame Type | three | | | | lines | | | | of text ...
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How to make the tab character work for text aligned to the right

Here is how the tab character typically works: Is there a way to have the same behavior when the text is aligned to the right and not the left? That is, if we talk about the right page of a spread, ...
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Should these two text boxes be separate?

I'm working on a portfolio! I'm fairly new to designing documents. Should the text boxes containing the title and the body be together or separate? I originally made them separate for the purpose of ...
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Why don't any common typefaces use ascenders or descenders on capital letters (except Q and sometimes J), even though they make text easier to read?

All commonly-used bicameral Latin-script typefaces use ascenders (portions of a glyph that rise above the typical upper-limit height for glyphs of the character type under consideration) and ...
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Center text horizontally and vertically without overflow

I have two layers - black shape and red text in Photoshop: I want to center the text inside the shape horizontally, and vertically. This is easy, I have done it by Layer > Align > Vertical ...
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Can I adjust leading for 2 lines of text I highlighted?

I am trying to adjust the leading of text. There are all different type sizes in the same text frame. I highlighted the two lines that I wanted to adjust the leading of but nothing changed. It seems ...
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Can baseline grid be linked to a body copy paragraph style?

I am working with some type thats aligned to the baseline grid. I have made the baseline grid the same as the type leading. I have been changing and playing around with the bodycopy pt size but ...
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Creating line breaks and spacing between heading, subtitle and body copy InDesign CS6

Currently when I am creating headings, subheadings and body copy I am using a hard return to move the text onto a new line. I understand that a hard return is an indication of a new paragraph so ...
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Sketch app input field value not increase/decrease with arrows key

I am running Catalina on my MacBook Pro mid 2014 retina. From few days I am having strange issue with my Sketch app. I can’t increase/decrease input values from arrows key. When I select any input ...
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pseudo fraction style in inDesign

I need to have text (that represents chapter and verse in a sacred text) typeset like this: 49 -- 18 what I have tried so far is to change the font size to half that of the rest of the text. ...
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Where’d this trend in “round highlighters” come from?

I suspect that a popular app is styling highlighted text this way. Do you know it? I noticed it first in this tweet: Then I saw it again in this video: The line style is called round line caps in ...
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Text won't align at top of box

I have two text boxes. One is aligned directly at the top of the box, the other has a space at the top. They have the exact same settings; I cannot find any difference between them. What is causing ...
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What is the best way to find an alternative monospace font for a non-monospace font that has the same look and feel?

Just wondering if anyone has come across the same issue of having to replace a non-monospaced font with one that is monospaced while retaining a similar look & feel (or if this is even possible/...
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Arial Small Caps -- how to use them?

According to this answer to another question about small caps by @yakunins, Arial got small caps around 2014: (image provided by @yakunins) So, how do you use them? Is this Arial or Arial Nova? ...
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Are there monospace fonts which support spaces of various widths?

(Bear with me, I know that having characters which are not monowidth in a monospace font is somewhat counterintuitive, but there is a legit use case below.) I have an application I've written where I ...
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What are "teasers" at the beginning of a chapter called?

In some (old, fiction) books, each chapter begins with a few sentences that summarize, or rather hint at, the developements in the chapter. For example, the first chapter of "Three Men in a Boat&...
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Which symbol represents multiplication?

Which Unicode symbol that normally looks like two lines crossed together properly represents multiplication and what do the other Unicode characters that look like it mean? And bonus points, how do I ...
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Automatic Spacing between multiple text objects

Hello, here is my issue: I am trying to set up a workbook where titles (h1, h2) and basic text (p) iterate a lot and vary in length. Hence, between those text objects, I want to insert a "spacer&...
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What is the name of this extinct type symbol?

This text is from a facsimile of a 1949 manuscript of that quotes Psalm 106 (107), and the quoted passage is from verse 26. The word is that uses the symbol is "usque" Latin for "...
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Shortcut in Adobe Indesign

How to create a keyboard shortcut like if you type a paragraph and need to insert a symbol like this â, cause our language mostly like using some symbols like that. How to create a keyboard shortcut ...
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How to get a dot or a comma at the end of a sentence in Hebrew?

I'm trying to write in Hebrew, which is written from right to left. I'm using Illustrator CC 2015. The problem is when I try to write anything that is not a letter, like a dot, comma, slash, etc… ...
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Critique / improvements regarding page layout

I have a few questions about my page layout. Keypoints paper used is DIN A4 (21x29.7cm) body font is Latin Modern 12pt margin font is Latin Modern Sans Serif 10pt running header is 12pt small caps ...
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Ideas how to design a table/chart on a double paged spread of a thick book so it's readable and looks awesome

I am designing a double page spread for a thick catalogue. It will have over 150 pages which means the binding will take some space from the middle. This is how it looks now: The I'am looking for ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

Most books and magazine articles are printed with full justification, namely with both left and right justification, even though it is generally accepted that the most readable of the justification ...
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Which way should rotated pages face?

I'm typesetting a book which includes a map. I rotated the map 90 degrees to fit it better to the page. Should the bottom of the map be on the spine side or the edge side of the page?
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Are illustrations immediately before a new chapter acceptable?

I'm typesetting a book which contains full page illustrations. Sometimes the illustrations fall in between the end of one chapter and the start of another: Two consecutive 2-page spreads: ______ ...
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When using underlines for emphasis, should spaces be underlined?

I'm not asking when to underline. There are myriad references for that via a simple internet search. However, this one doesn't seem to appear anywhere... For print-based projects.... I'm curious if ...
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