Converting Type to Outlines in Adobe InDesign
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- Convert any font active in Adobe InDesign to vector paths, as if drawn with the Pen Tool, to be used as a custom frame or shape.
- Use vector type to streamline prepress production.
- Install Adobe InDesign in order to follow along and complete the exercises. The techniques shown will work in any version from about CS3 on, for Mac or PC.
- Understand how to create a new InDesign file.
- Be able to draw a text frame and add type.
This course is a hands-on demonstration of how fonts are converted to vector paths in Adobe InDesign, using the Create Outlines command, which you may also know as outline type, converting type to outline (or outlines), vector type, or converting type to paths.
After a brief overview of how fonts are made, you'll learn how to convert them to vectors, and then through the exercises, use the results as a frame for graphics and text. You'll also see how this technique can be used when preparing materials to be printed.
Resource files and links are included in the course, too.
This fun technique will help you see how type can be used creatively as a graphic element, beyond just communicating the written word, and it will help you hone your Adobe InDesign skills.
Students who want to complete the exercises must have beginner InDesign skills. Fundamental techniques may be shown, but not explained.
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- Students familiar with the basics of InDesign.
- InDesign users who want to create frames that are more complex than the simple rectangular or elliptical ones drawn with the Frame Tools.
- Students who want to explore how layers can help organize their files and streamline their workflow.
See the fundamental concepts behind how a font is created, and use the Convert to Outlines command to create vector paths from any typeface loaded in your system. (See External Resources for links to websites in this lecture.)
Create and set up an Adobe InDesign file to use as the basis for the Exercises in this course.
Note: If you don't have the fonts shown—OLNewsbytes for the NYC type, and Gotham for the Neighborhoods Black paragraph style—substitute ones that you have loaded in your system. There's also a template with the NYC type already converted from OLNewsbytes to outlines, in the resources for Lecture 5, if you want to match the example of the frame exactly.