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InDesign: Typography Part 2

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Explore the typography options, features, and preferences of Adobe InDesign, in this exploration of macro typography. Learn about text flow, alignment, spacing, styles, and more.

InDesign Typography explores the numerous type options, type-related features, and type-specific preferences of Adobe InDesign. Using practical, real-world examples, instructor and designer Nigel French explains the purpose of each feature and describes the conventions for how and when to use it. Part 2 focuses on "macro typography" or how type is arranged on a page. Nigel discusses text flow, type alignment, indents and spacing, text wrap, and lists. He also shows how to use InDesign styles, which will save time formatting text and keep your designs more consistent, robust, and easier to edit. The final chapter address hyphenation, line breaks, and other type controls; the selective use of white space; the value of grids in graphic design; and approaches for combining multiple typefaces in a single layout.

To get the most from this course, make sure to watch InDesign Typography Part 1.


  • Welcome
  • Exercise files
1. Text Flow
  • Text flow and text threading
  • Using placeholder text to mock up pages
  • Spanning, splitting, and balancing columns
  • Auto-sizing text frames
  • Good type hygiene
2. Alignment
  • Left-aligned type
  • Justified type
  • Centered type
  • Right-aligned type
  • Aligning to or away from the spine
  • Hanging punctuation
  • Vertical alignment options
3. Indents, Insets, and Spacing
  • First-line indents
  • Other types of indents
  • Using text insets
  • Paragraph spacing
4. Typical Formatting Scenarios
  • Tabbed text
  • Bullet and numbered lists
  • Working with tables
  • Setting a drop cap or initial cap
  • Working with text wraps
5. Global Formatting with Styles
  • Efficient and consistent formatting
  • Creating, applying, and editing
  • Parent and child styles
  • Nested styles and line styles
  • Sequential styles
  • Using a grep style
  • Paragraph rules and shaded paragraphs
6. Controlling Text
  • Hyphenation
  • Breaking lines
  • Keep Options
  • Preventing short lines
7. Design Considerations
  • Combining typefaces
  • Establishing hierarchy
  • Using white space
  • Working with a grid
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Nigel French

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