Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 10

type menu

Explanation of Type Menu in Adobe InDesign

Type Menu is one of the important menu in Adobe InDesign. There are many options, but not all are used while designing an artwork. I am going to list only which are useful for a designer. Many options present in the Type Menu can be achieved by using control panel present on top of the page. It shows the options according to the tool we use.

After selecting a text through a text tool we can select any Font of our choice. We can also select the Size of the letters which is given as points.

If we want to customize the features of the Character tool while we are working with the file, we can customize the font, size of text and also the line spacing. It is calculated as 120% of the font size. It can also be customized to increase or decrease the spacing. We also have the option of increasing the spacing between the letters. We can extend the width and also height of the letters of our choice. We can also change the position of the letters to place it on top or bottom of the baseline. We can also give an angle to increase or decrease the italization of the letters. We can also change the language setting of the text.

We have a Hamburger Menu in the right side of the dialog box. We can get some more options to play with the text we have. After selecting the text, we can convert the text to All Caps, Small Caps, Super Script and Sub Script. We have the option to give an underline and strikethrough the letters. If we need to stylize the underline to our choice, we have the option, so that we can change the thickness of the line and also colour and distance between the line and text. We can also stylize the stroke in strikethrough to change the colour of the line, stroke thickness, offset of the stroke. We can also change the percentage of the colour we use. We can also overprint the stroke.

If we want to customize the features of the Paragraph tool while we are working with the file, we can customize the alignment of the text to Left, Right, Center, Justify, Center Justify, Right Justify, Force Justify and others…

We also have the option to change the margin of the text block. We can give left spacing, right, top and bottom. We can also give spacing between the paragraphs. If we need to give the drop cap, we can do it and this is also customizable to number of lines we suggest. We can also suggest how much letters to apply for drop cap. We also have an option to apply shading and outline to the text we have selected. We can also customize it by clicking on the icon by holding the Alt Button in the Keyboard. It gives us the options to change the shade percentage, colour and others. We can also change the stroke thickness, offset between the letters and also corner options to the stroke. We can also toggle the hyphenation of the selected text.

We also have hamburger menu with many other options in Paragraph tool. As we click it, we get an option called justification. We can change the word spacing in the selected text by changing the percentage of word spacing. We can also customize the letter spacing here also. There is an option called Auto Leading, where we can change the percentage by which it changes the line spacing to the selected text. We can preview the changes before we finalize the options we change in this dialog box.

There are still many other options to list, which will be explained in later post.

Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 10

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