Questions tagged [typesetting]

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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Incorrect usage of hyphens in the form “Artist - Song Name”

I’ve read lots of guides about when to use hyphens (-) and when to use dashes (–). The usage is clear to me. And I want to stress a particular case where the hyphen is used incorrectly: “Artist - Song ...
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How can I improve card design?

I'm a Biology teacher also interested in making things look good. I am making a lecture on zoology and decided to set up the key information in cards - so students may take a screenshot and use them ...
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Illustrator text allotment

I want my text to produce exact outcome of 'justify all lines'. i took text, dragged it, created a box (exactly the size i want my paragraph to be in) and then applied 'justify all lines' from ...
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High Resolution Postscript Output

I haven't been in the design business for many years, so forgive my ignorance on this one, however back in the day when you needed high resolution output, say for creating camera-ready art from Aldus ...
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Numbering nonconsecutive paragraphs in InDesign

I have a project that requires that we primarily lay out a lot of text (think sections in an employee manual) with explanatory notes scattered throughout the document. We only want to number the ...
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General rules for figure/table placement in books?

I would like to know whether there are any general rules for the dimensions and placement of figures and tables in books. For example, if you first refer to a figure in the middle of a page, is it ...
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Line lengths on paper for a resume layout

I want to layout a resume. The requirements slightly conflict, but are: On standard paper size (i.e. A4 as it happens) A lot of text Easy to read Few pages I especially want to ask about line ...
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Add a special character o glyph made of three dots for quick insertion InDesign

I am working on a long text with InDesign cs6 and I need to be able to quickly write/insert a special charter that looks likes this three dots in the image (They are three dots and the middle on is ...
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Word breaks at a parentheses within the word ex. (im)possible

i recently got an offer to do a quick catalogue for an artist and there is a point in his text with a parentheses in it ex. (im)possible. indesign is breaking the word into: blah blah one line (im) ...
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Are “Orphans” and “Widows” ever good?

Referencing text layout. . . A widow is a sentence fragment separated from its paragraph at the start of a page or column A widow is the end of an incomplete sentence which appears at the ...
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Is it a good practice to use small caps for all last names?

I've gotten into the habit of using small capital letters every time I write a last name (both in LaTeX and by hand). Is this a good practice? Are there any recommendations on this subject? I mainly ...
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What are the rules on using colon, dash, or space as separators?

From the image, you can see how they separate 'Step 2' and 'Substitute' with what looks like an en space but for 'Hint' they use a colon instead. Here they use an en dash to separate the two parts ...
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Typesetting and grids in Illustrator

I am looking for practical advice on the rules and best practices for graphic designers, and how to utilise these in Adobe Illustrator. I have designed a brochure, and am now organising the layout ...
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Adobe inDesign - Table rows cross page

I'm trying to create a two-columns table on InDesign. Unfortunally, when row content doesn't fit the remaining page space, the entire row is pushed on new page leaving a lot of space on previous page....
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Adobe Indesign: Finding the last bullet in a bullet list

My current style sheet is: [Body] After paragraph : 4mm [Body, Start of List] After paragraph : 1mm [Bullets] After paragraph : 1mm [Bullets, Last] After paragraph : 4mm Part 1 Is there a way to ...
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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

I was reading this version of White Fang and I noticed that the hyphens connecting words are slightly slanted to the left. I have never seen a slanted hyphen before and googling it did not yield any ...
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How to insert direct current symbol in adobe illustrator?

Does anyone know how to insert the direct current symbol (⎓) in Adobe Illustrator please? I copy and paste the character into a text frame but it becomes a cross square which cannot be displayed ...
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Indesign type not working, shows up small and garbled

i'm working on indesign and i'm fairly new but i am trying to type something and it shows up like this
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Setup GREP Style to move numbers to next line InDesign

I'm working on typesetting a book in InDesign that has verses. Each verse starts with a number. The numbers can't be at the end of the line as it is the beginning of the text on the next line. I ...
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What make this design suitable to use for poetry texts? [closed]

This is how WordPress formats a block of verse: I wonder why does that design suit poetry texts? Why can that combination of typography, spacing, border reflect the poetry effect/ambience? Meta ...
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What are the function of EM and EN spaces?

I know the EM is bound to the current font size, I know EN means the half of an EM in measure, the first is called a mutton, the second a nut, awesome. I know a EM and EN spaces are the equivalent in ...
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Using single column/multiple text boxes or multiple columns/single text box in InDesign for creating a multi-column page

To create several columns of text in InDesign I have (to my knowledge) two different approaches: Either set the text to several columns by using a paragraph style while using a single text box for the ...
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Bookman Leading

I am designing the interior for a novel using Bookman Old Style size 11pt. Right now, due to input from readers, I have set a leading of 13.5pt. Is that too large? I do not want the text to look ...
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Formatting the Quoting of Internal Passages in a Story

I am working on a book that is a collection of short science fiction stories for adults. Typesetting in InDesign. What is the convention or industry standard for the formatting/typesetting of written ...
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Which font is the basis for “1942 report” by Johan Holmdahl?

The TrueType Font »1942 report« by Johan Holmdahl is an equidistant typeface. It resembles the »Makina rough« font by representing the individual letters in an eroded form. Particularly noteworthy are ...
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Is there a term for adjusting the spacing between WORDS for a font (not letters)?

In some fonts although the letters of a word are well-spaced, the words themselves seem to run too close together. Is there any way to adjust this in MS Word? And is there a term for this sort of '...
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Does Proxima Nova font support sixteenths fractions?

Our software prints labels using the Proxima Nova font1. The software reads data from a CSV file, and if there's a fraction within a field, we replace that fraction with Unicode values. For example, ...
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Dagger used in text as a reference

Should a dagger (obelisk) come before or after its reference word? This symbol looks like a cross, sometimes refered to as a printer's mark (†) used esp. for references.
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How to position text blocks relative to other elements?

I always had this question in my mind and never managed to answer it. How do you position text regarding other elements? Let's say you want to have a block of text, a heading block of text, at 16 ...
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EB Garamond is available in a few places, but includes different things in each. Which way is best to go?

I have been trying EB Garamond for the time being, but I'm confused as to why there are a couple different sets: Google Fonts and Adobe: Contains Regular, Medium, SemiBold, ExtraBold with their ...
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Trying to change the orientation of my type

I have Adobe Design Premium CS4 with Illustrator CS4. For some reason, my type is now vertical instead of horizontal when using Illustrator. There was another question along the same line as this a ...
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In InDesign, is it possible to create Math-like Markup by mixing line and block elements?

I am making a song-book, and many songs have repeating pairs of lines. I want to group these lines and mark how often they should be repeated on the right hand side of the lines. Here's a crude ...
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Is that a good kerning?

What do you think of this kerning? What adjustments should I make?
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How do I get Thai diacritics to display correctly in InDesign CS6?

I have tested several Thai fonts in InDesign CS6, and none of them are able to display Thai diacritics in the vertical stack correctly. The fonts I've tested include Microsoft (Norasi), Adobe (Adobe ...
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How can I make a hanging indent where a title is outside of a text frame?

I have a layout with two columns, and I would like the header to go outside of the text frame like this: However this would mean the Header text hanging outside of the text frame. I could achieve ...
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How to scale a shape to meet a dynamic element?

I have a PDF of a report which uses the above styles for section headings. I want to replicate these in InDesign. I am not sure how the original one was created. The starting point for me seems to be ...
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All superscript (and subscript) font

Background I am creating an app with React Native which needs to be able to display super/subscript. For some reason, there is no way of doing this on Android because the View cannot be nested in the ...
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Typeface adds extra space in the text box

When I use certain typefaces InDesign, in this case Roboto, the typeface auto adds spacing at the top inside the text box. This makes it difficult to align it perfectly with other objects. Is there ...
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Vertically center text on line with inline graphic in Scribus

I would like to embed a picture inside a text frame in Scribus, I think Scribus calls them inline graphics. Unfortunately, the picture exceeds the height of the line, so Scribus increases the spacing ...
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How to vertically space all-caps lines with accented characters like circumflexes

I'm trying to lay out a block of several lines of all-caps copy. I want the lines to be evenly spaced. However when letters such as Ô and È are included in a line, they "collide" with the preceding ...
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InDesign: current page number adjustment

Can't figure out if there's a way to add a '0' (zero) before the current page number on a master page, so that only pages 1 to 9 get listed as '01', '02', etc instead of '1', '2', etc. thanks
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Is there a font that has the same height for every character?

It occured to me that in all fonts I know of, different characters have a different height. Why is this so? Are there fonts where all characters have the same height? If so, is there a name for this ...
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Insert special characters as text in Illustrator

How do I insert the ∝ symbol and other special characters in illustrator text? I tried and this is what I get instead of the ∝: I searched here about special characters, but is there a way to just ...
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Type foundries which allow free test version downloads

We've all seen the usual routine where normally a type foundry or shop will preview live text and allow a ridiculous PNG or GIF download. However, a few smaller foundries do offer actual font files as ...
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text on different lines with different styles, colours, leading and baseline shift, can it be turned into a paragraph style?

I have a text box with text on different lines with different styles, colors, leading and baseline shift. Is it possible to create this as a "standard/ master version", so that whenever any ...
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Avenir Next: odd 'u' height

I've recently inherited a brand which uses Avenir Next as its primary font. Looking through previous documents I have noticed the height of certain characters seem to be off, with the u being the most ...
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Font that doesn't move when text is edited

What is the characteristic of a font called when each symbol has its own space and it cannot move the other symbols after changing. For example, if I have time in the format hour:minute:second, and ...
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Helvetica character for an empty checkbox

Does Helvetica font have a character for an empty checkbox? Ie. simply a rectangle or square? If it does, do you know the character number?
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Text field top spacing vs line height

How is the space at the top of a text field determined? I know it's dependent on the font, but what's the logic. I can't see a clear relationship between the leading and this space at the top of a ...
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Paragraph Orphans

My teacher said that, technically, an orphan have at least 3 characters or less at the end of a paragraph or column. But mostly on every site about design and type I always find that an orphan is just ...

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