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Using Stylistic Sets

Elegant typography is just a click away with the context menu and these eight great fonts.

OpenType’s support for large character sets has paved the way for sophisticated typographic features, and stylistic sets is one of them. A stylistic set may consist of a single glyph or dozens of related characters, making it quick and easy to select alternate variants of letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols. Now, in InDesign (CC 2017 or later) you can easily access and apply stylistic sets to text of any length. This exciting development eliminates the need to manually insert alternate characters—a task which can be both tedious and time-consuming—and paves the way for us all to achieve better typographic results. Let’s take a look at how to use stylistic sets in InDesign and some great fonts that feature them.

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Ilene Strizver

Ilene Strizver

Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, is a typographic consultant, designer, writer, and educator specializing in all aspects of visual communication, from the aesthetic to the technical. Her book, Type Rules! The designer’s guide to professional typography, 4th edition, has received numerous accolades from the type and design community. She conducts her widely acclaimed Gourmet Typography Workshops internationally.
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3 Comments on “Using Stylistic Sets

  1. Unfortunately, the link to purchase Hypatia Sans states: “This item is currently not for sale.” (Perhaps some corporation snagged exclusively rights to it?)

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