Select book size, margins, column width, and more for the print version of their books
Develop typographically excellent paragraph designs coupled with the knowledge needed to make professional decisions
Will be able to set up an efficient default set of paragraph styles and character styles
Basic introductory knowledge of InDesign CC
A desire to make books look professional
This is an essential typography course. Books, almost more than any project, need superlative typography to enable your readers to actually read the book. Without these skills and knowledge, your books will be compromised before you even release them.
You will discover why InDesign is necessary for book production. Word, and word processors in general, do not even have the capability of producing excellent typography.
This course covers the basic concepts you need to understand before you start putting your book together: how to set up your document—size, margins, and column width; Typography: what it is and how you produce excellent, readable typography so you can design your paragraphs to enable your readers to comfortably enjoy reading your book. By the time you finish the course, you will be amazed at all you didn't know about typography, readability, and how to communicate with your readers [or the readers of your clients].
Who this course is for:
An author or graphic designer who needs to produce better quality books and ebooks,
The designer who needs typographic skill
4 sections • 27 lectures • 3h 55m total length
The current publishing world and in-demand publishing
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As we get started, you have several decisions to make
First Demo: Starting a new document the dialog box
The single-story concept and the PTF: how crucial this is!
How the PTF [Primary Text Frame] works: Demo
Create a document preset to use for your book
What is typography? You probably don't know...
The basic characters in a font: the 256 character ASCII set
Typographically necessary characters inside and out of ASCII
A demo on finding OpenType features and special glyphs
Fonts and simple classifications
Picking fonts for your book
Paragraph design: the core of typography
Paragraph Style Options: the New Style dialog box
Adding the Character Panel options
Taking a quick look at TypeKit
Alignments, Indents, & Paragraph Spacing tips
Tabs & Paragraph Rules
Paragraph shading, tint boxes, and sidebars
Keeping your widows, orphans, & runts under control