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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Are any Shaken fonts online?

I have found that most manga use fonts from the Shaken family. Specific examples include イナクズレ/InaKuzure or 古印体/kointai. I have actually found the latter font, but the former (and other Shaken fonts ...
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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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How to properly import page range from Word index into InDesign?

I have a Word document with an index that contains both standalone entries and entries referencing bookmarks spanning several pages. The latter show as page ranges in the index, e.g. "Concept x: ...
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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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Aesthetically pleasing and consistent way to handle mixed case abbreviations/acronyms

Bringhurst tells us that, as part of harmony and coutnerpoint, the typographer should set abbreviations and acronyms in small capitals. This is the style followed by many publications, including the ...
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Typesetting wins vs. losses: n-dash, hyphen, or colon? [closed]

When typesetting something to anything, for example: The team won 5-1. meaning five wins to one loss, or some such... Does best practice suggest using a hyphen (5-1) or an n-dash (5–1)? I know that ...
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How do you add symbols for keyboard buttons?

I'm creating my own keyboard shortcut cheat sheet in InDesign, and I'm struggling with how to add the keyboard button symbols. For example, how can I add the symbols for Shift, and Command, to do ...
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White spaces or widows?

I've an ugly page break where I'm forced with a dilemma: a pretty large amount of white space, or else a widowed (or maybe an orphaned? I'm not sure of the terminology) line on the next page (1st and ...
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InDesign: change justification on autoflowed text

Is it possible to have two text frames with different justifications, which are linked to allow the text to flow between them? I'm inheriting an old design someone made using two individual text ...
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Are paragraphs in a (bullet) list item an antipattern?

Say I'm writing a document (maybe an email) and I'm describing 3 possible solutions to a given problem. Each solution can be described in like 3-10 sentences. I'd like to break down the solution ...
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InDesign: import multiple questions from Word, one per page

I'm not even sure what to search for as I googled for a while but couldn't find anything. In a Word doc, I have a list of 300 questions. I'm trying to create a writing journal where there is one ...
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How to force whole numbers to have one decimal place in Adobe Illustrator?

I make a lot of graphs using Illustrator for my company. Unfortunately, the graphing tool in Illustrator is very archaic. When adding number labels to graphs, Illustrator automatically removes .0 from ...
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Does Gill's statement on ragged right in books still hold true today?

Eric Gill, in an Essay on Typography writes: But even spacing is of more importance typographically than equal length. Even spacing is a great assistance to easy reading; hence its pleasantness, for ...
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Bizarre behaviour of letters resizing automatically as I type in InDesign

hoping someone can shed some light on my situation. I am facing something I have never faced before. As I type in a text box, no matter the font, there seems to be some kind of behavioral rule telling ...
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Right-align rest of paragraph after tab

I’m typesetting an index for a book where the index subjects (the names/words/items themselves) should be left-aligned, but the page numbers referenced should be right-aligned – similar to what you’d ...
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Can I convert text boxes saved in a PSD file to be editable once opened in InDesign?

I have created a PSD file which has a large amount of text boxes. I then placed that file in an InDesign document and now I am required to make all the text editable. Is there a quick way of solving ...
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Disappearing characters while typing in InDesign

I am trying to place numbers on successive rows by typing the number and tapping the enter key, then typing a number and so on. I can type the first number, but when I tap the enter key the following ...
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How to remove all the Pink Numbers That Show Up When Using Move Tool On Type & Vector Graphics

Hello I was trying to change the size of shape layer and type but a bunch of numbers keep showing up that's really getting on nerves. Im not sure what to call all of these numbers. If anyone has any ...
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Add a border on a word in indesign

Is there a way to add a rounded border/background on only one word in a paragraph in indesign ? Or a way to have a dynamic object that can be put in a paragraph and edited by double clicking to get ...
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Illustrator: where is the non-breaking space?

I'm using the last version of Illustrator (2021: 25.0.1) on a mac (Catalina). Usually, to insert a non-breaking space, I would go to "Type" and then "Space" or "Special ...
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