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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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All superscript (and subscript) font

I am trying to find a font which consists solely of superscript characters and another font consisting solely of subscript characters. This font should include all letters of the alphabet, all numbers ...
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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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Cover page: is it ok to start subtitle with dash?

By far most of the research reports I read that have a subtitle start the subtitle with an uppercase letter (figure to the left below). Is there any reason why the subtitle should not start with an en ...
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Reversing the stacking order of live text in Illustrator

I'm working on a graphic where I want to overlap the type. I created a text box, typed out a big old heavy font. Alternated Letter colors, put a stroke on the whole thing then pulled in the kerning ...
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InDesign: how to align paragraph to ascender grid

I would like to align nicely two paragraphs with different sizes together. Currently, aligning them to the baseline creates a disgraceful whitespace on top caused by the different leadings. What I ...
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InDesign: how to make a “phone button” style or inline graphic

I'm making a manual where I need to show which buttons to press on a phone in order to make something happen. I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to accomplish a style as in the picture below:...
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Guide to typsetting code for non-programmers

Background I authored a scientific paper containing code and recently received the proofs, i.e., what the journal’s typesetters created from my manuscript. The result was not acceptable: The ...
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What's the alternative of using Cmd+\ in InDesign to align text?

My co-worker is the one who taught me this short key in InDesign. It's very useful to align content for a much cleaner look, but it can only be used if the content is in the same paragraph or ...
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Creating an elongated text effect

What is the most efficient way to achieve an effect such as the one pictured below?
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How much control over line breaks should I exercise in a formal letter?

How much control over line breaks should I exercise in a formal letter? I have a quote of the text of an email message, which includes a standard US-style phone number including area code. Right now ...
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Software with automatic kerning?

I'm working on a logotype in Sketch and has set some text in Futura. Unfortunately the kerning looks quite bad and I'm not skilled enough to correct it manually using the character spacing property in ...
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Curved text with book pages photoshop

Well, I have always had difficulties in this aspect of turning text to leave perfectly allied with the curvatures of the book pages, I am using Photoshop and usually ends up like this: The tools I ...
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Ghost text breaks

Many times I have encountered this, and the only way I can fix it is to retype text in a separate box and place it on top. I have tried clearing overrides and manually choosing text, using paragraph ...
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How could letters overlap in manual typesetting?

Generally speaking, ascenders and descenders should not touch each other in the text body. This is self-explanatory as it could lead to text that is difficult to read. However, Erik Spiekermann ...
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InDesign: hard return to move to the next text frame?

Is there a way to set a hard return to move to the next text frame, so if I copied a page of text, every hard return would move to the next text frame that I have threaded?
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I'm looking to replicate reports that similar-looking to these. Any ideas how it can be done? [closed]

Reports like these: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalRisks_Report_2014.pdf https://www.bmwgroup.com/content/dam/bmw-group-websites/bmwgroup_com/ir/downloads/en/2016/BMW_GB16_en_Finanzbericht....
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InDesign paragraph styles problem

I'm typesetting a document in InDesign, copy/pasting from a TextEdit file that I copy/pasted into from a client-supplied PDF. Not sure if its the greatest workflow, but I collated all the text from ...
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What is an “Eber rule?” (Ruler to measure type)

I heard someone mention a tool that was used for specifying type in the pre-computer days, called an "Eber rule." What was it and how was it used? Is it the same thing as a font ruler? And did I ...
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Helvetica: trailing leg in lowercase “a”

Why sometimes I find Helvetica with the letter "a" with the right leg straight and other times I find it with the right leg turned to the right: Letter "a" with right leg straight: Letter "a" with ...
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The lesser of two evils: Choice between a too long line and a too short line?

If I cannot avoid having a line that deviates in length from other lines in a document: should I choose a slightly shorter line or a slightly longer line? In this example, the first line of footnote ...
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How to type a paragraph in Photoshop. Should be simple, but apparently isn't

I need help creating a bloc of text in Photoshop. I've succeeded in creating a text box and resizing it without stretching the text. However, I cannot get the text to wrap inside the box. Likewise, ...
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Formatting: left aligned vs. justified body text?

I'm currently writing a business report and set up a single column design with many diagrams of varying sizes throughout the document. I was wondering, which alignment is most appropriate, and why? ...
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Is monospacing URLs in academic papers still advised?

When papers are written in the academic world, URLs are often set in monospace. The reason for this seems to be historic and is described in this Q&A at TexSE. It may be summarized as a leftover ...
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How to correctly choose protrusion for letters and hanging punctuation?

A small preamble: (mostly technical, can be skipped) I am a mathematician and prepare my documents with LaTeX. The documents made in LaTeX usually have very distinctive look because of the CM font (I ...
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Unequal columns in InDesign book chapters do not mirror/reflect when more pages are added

I’ve typeset this huge book with unequal columns: text in the larger inside column, pics with captions in the smaller outside column. The problem is that, of course, all the chapters are separate ...
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Some good fully-featured OpenType typeface for body text

What are some good serif typefaces for body text which have at least Roman and Italic, and support small caps, old-style figures, ligatures, and super/subscripts? (And which, it goes without saying, ...
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Illustrator: trying to use the vertical type tool

I am trying to type vertical text however just it comes out rotated.
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InDesign: how to type a hedera/fleuron symbol?

How do you type a hedera/fleuron symbol in InDesign using less effort?
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Creating tabs/spaces in-line between Character & Paragraph Styles?

so I'm typesetting a play for an assignment and cannot for the life of me figure out how I can get a tab space between the character's name and their following dialogue whilst maintaining Character/...
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Looking for some simple sans serif book ornaments

We are making the first-ever full size book for a minority language in West Africa. I want this not just OK, but a really nice and well done "real" book. I even found a budget for quality binding. So ...
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InDesign: how to get first letter bigger in each word of a sentence?

How can i get first letter bigger in each word of a sentence?
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Typography/Typesetting: Footnotes of footnotes? [closed]

Is it possible (by which I mean »allowed«) to create footnotes within footnotes? I am working on the design of a very intricate scientific publication and this question came up during a discussion of ...
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Typography: treatment of brand names in scientific publication

I am working on the design of a scientific publication. For the job, the lead researcher provided the raw text along with the original PDF of the research paper, as a reference. I am going through his ...
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InDesign: how to construct table of contents with dots between titles and page numbers

What I mean is something like this, which I found on a Word document I've been asked to redesign in InDesign.
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how do i protect/lock the files of a font I designed?

how do i protect my font design for reselling on-line on font sites? Is a license good enough, i want to sell allowing others to use in designs/logos etc. Can I lock the "Affinity Designer" files of ...
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InDesign: how to change direction of text on circular path

I need to change the direction of a text on a circular path in InDesign. How can this be done?
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Numbered bullet font alternatives

I have been using Combi Numerals for a while to produce infographics and map overlays. The font is great, but now i'm starting to dislike the shapes used for their actual numbers, so looking for an ...
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Editorial Design: Two baselines in the same layout

Is there a best practice on using different sized baselines in the same page? I'm making an art book. Thanks!