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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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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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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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Indesign: how to remove the white space between the text and the left side of a text box?

To the right side by default, it seems to do it right but always leaves me a white space to the left. Is it possible to set the text close to the left text box's margin? Thanks.
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Kerning Hebrew diacritics in InDesign

In Hebrew, there are some diacritics which occasionally need to be combined. However, a frequent result is that they will all be centered, leading to a stack of characters which need to be re-kerned. ...
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Kerning and alternates with “ti”

So I'm familiar with some kerning/alternates used with certain letter combinations, like "fi" being combined so the top of the f hangs down into the dot of the i. What about "ti" in a serif font? ...
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Adobe InDesign/Typesetting: No kerning possible for first letter in indented line?

In Adobe InDesign, I have setup a paragraph style for a sub-headline which has the headline as well as the first line of the following paragraph indented. In some instances, the sub-headline runs over ...
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How are the spaces done in France for ? ! : ; « » in a real-life work-flow?

I have learnt what the spaces need to be in front of ? ! ; » and after « in French texts, namely thin spaces (1/8em). I got that from this question and its answers: Principles of Typography for ...
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Using Google Fonts for print work

My experience with building websites is limited, but i have used Google Fonts (GF) for some basic presentation websites before. I was recently given some branding guidelines built by other providers ...
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How can I set more spacing around a list than between each list element in MS Word?

So I'm trying to mimic this in my MS Word (Office 365) .docx file but failing: Specifically, I need the spacing around the entire list to be greater than between each list element. Perhaps I could ...
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Why do so many books indent all paragraphs except the first one in each chapter? [duplicate]

I've just looked through every printed book I've bought over the past year and noticed a curious pattern that I'd never given much thought until now (due to currently preparing a manuscript for ...
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Photoshop: bold is not available for specific font

Just starting out with Photoshop and trying to bold my text, but the option is not available. What can I do?
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InDesign: should a baseline grid be used for 190-page magazine?

I've always used a baseline grid until now for magazines up to 90 pages, but this magazine will be around 190 pages - it is more like a book - so do I need to make it with text aligned to baseline ...
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In Illustrator, how do I select every “,” on the page? [duplicate]

I have hundreds of files that currently use "," as a decimal place. I need to change them all to "." ie. "9,45" needs to be "9.45". I feel that there must be a selection option to do this.
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InDesign: how to prepare file for printing perfect bound magazine?

I have always produced magazines with saddle stitches and know how to prepare files for print. Now I need to make A5 magazine with perfect bound with overall ~190 pages. My questions are: Covers: ...
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Illustrator: white text goes invisible

I'm working with an EPS file I downloaded from the internet (a business card) and I'm editing the details. It has a background color and some text over it. If I change the text color to white, it ...
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Illustrator: line breaks vs paragraph breaks

When working with area text in Illustrator, I sometimes use the space after option. This makes it more obvious when I create a line break, as illustrator automatically inserts a paragraph break as ...
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Old machine title fonts

I am searching for a font that was/is used to title machines, for example in the image below where it says "Machine 9" and "Debris Data Feed".
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InDesign: how to edit table text, cells and rows all at once?

My client created his book using Microsoft Word. He's sent me the file and I've placed it into InDesign in order to make it look beautiful and more pleasing to read. Everything went on well, except ...
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InDesign: changing default font from English to Hebrew

I have an English document. I need to paste some Hebrew text instead of the English one. How do I change the default font so that all the text I paste will be in this new font? All I could find is ...
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Typesetting: Meaning and use of dashes in publication from 1751

I am in the process of transcribing a text which was type-set and published in 1751. In the original text, I am coming across a lot of dashes in varying lengths which are used all throughout the text. ...
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Photoshop CC: text stuck in all caps

I am adding text to an image in Photoshop CC and all the time the text is in ALL CAPS. I can't find a way to get it to normal caps. What should I do? Here is what my screen looks like:
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Editorial Design: Margin around side note embedded in main body of text (Adobe InDesign)

I am working on a layout draft in Adobe InDesign which includes some side notes. These I am trying to "embed" into the main text by putting them/their text frame on the far right side of the page ...
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Adobe InDesign: Lines of text are not lining up despite tab being set

In InDesign, I have a text frame for which I have adjusted the Tab-Settings (Type -> Tabs) so that the first tab starts at 10mm. In the text frame I currently have two lines of text, each having ...
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Adobe InDesign: Avoiding first line indent of the first paragraph (via Paragraph Style)

In InDesign, is it possible to create a Paragraph Style that indents the first line starting with the second paragraph instead of the first paragraph? In other words, I would like to create a ...
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Typography: First line indent in the first paragraph?

A colleague explained to me that it is a typographical rule to not set an indent for the first line of the very first paragraph of a text, the one that starts right after the headline. Instead, the ...
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Editorial Design: General recommendations for leading?

In the context of editorial design, by which I mean the type setting of running text; Is there a set of general recommendations for the amount of leading that should be applied in relation type size? (...
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How to set type to display around a circle in InDesign?

Is there an automated way to set type to display around a circle in InDesign, like the below image?
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swiping from pts to pixels in Photoshop CS6 for website design

I am working on my psd in CS6/72dpi. I went into preferences - rulers/units to change my rulers/type from rulers:inches, type:points to rulers pixels, type pixels. I am finding that when I make the ...
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InDesign: Limit the minimal number of characters in the last line of the paragraph

Is it possible to automatically limit the minimal number of characters in the last line of the paragraph, so that when InDesign Paragraph Composer does its job and hyphenates the paragraph, it ensures ...
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Conventions for indenting subsections in a document? (Word)

I've often see technical documents created in Microsoft Word which use the Header styles with Header 1 sections as 1. Section Title, Header 2 as 1.1. Subsection Title, Header 3 as 1.1.1. Subsubsection ...
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Can a typeface be very thick in “Regular” style, or does that one then need to be “Bold/Black”?

I am working on a typeface and have started with a somewhat thicker style that would usually be called "Bold". Can I make it "Regular" or is it unusual for a certain thickness?
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InDesign CS3: Making the top layer more prominent?

OK, I'm reasonably familiar with setting vertical type in Illustrator...but how does one adjust the letters left and right to properly align them? In a radio station call-letters (set vertically), one ...