InDesignSecrets Podcast 187

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Special episode with Anne-Marie and co-host James Fritz!

  • News: Upcoming speaking gigs at Macworld, PEPCON, and Adobe MAX
  • Solving Paragraph Composer Annoyances
  • Fritz’s UberCool Business Card Project with InDesign
  • Obscure InDesign Feature of the Week: Protractor

6 Comments on “InDesignSecrets Podcast 187

  1. James mentioned a plugin for tighter and looser paragraph settings . . . it’s not from Typefi. It’s called Typefitter Pro, and it’s from Teacup Software. Typefitter Pro is great – I use it all the time, but it’s not cheap. So, when I compose type for a book designer, I use the Typefitter Pro buttons to make new settings and then make new para styles such as “body tight, body tighter” so that the designer can apply these to individual paragraphs as needed.

  2. mchak, thank you! Yes David spotted that, so I put it in the show notes above (8th little >) … I didn’t know that you could use that to make “body tight” “body tighter” settings as paragraph styles! That could save some time. Working on a project right now (designing templates for a journal) where we’re doing that manually. I’ll check it out.

  3. Yes, I make the tight and tighter styles for books where the designers don’t have Typefitter pro and might want to change the settings . . . on their end, it’s not as handy as having the plugin, but it’s a poor-designer’s workaround. If you have Typefitter Pro, it’s instructive to apply it once, then take a screenshot of your Justification settings dialog. Then do it a 2nd time, & take another screen shot, to see how it’s adjusting the glyph scaling, word & letter spacing. You could do all of this manually and make these styles without the plugin once you see what it does, but again, that’s more cumbersome. But, could be worth it on a big project.

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