Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics


Lesson Info

Open Type & Typekit

Let's actually talk about the text itself. Now, we talked about fonts in the intro class, about how to select the fonts, but I'm going to go into a little bit more detail on some of the fonts and where the fonts come from. Where do fonts come from? So I'm going to tell you. They come from the Font Fairy, also known as Adobe. (laughter) So, actually you can get fonts anywhere. Obviously there's tons of type foundries. But one of the things is the font type. So whether I'm working in the character panel or I'm working in the control panel, one of the things that I want to look at is the type of font. So I have several here, I've got this TT, that's a TrueType font. Those have been around for a long time, those are the standard fonts that are loaded on Windows machines. And when OSX came out on the Mac, they were suddenly able to handle Windows fonts. And this was huge, because anybody who has been working with fonts for a long time knows, fonts are almost always the issue you're having w...

ith whatever ... Whatever ails you, it's your fonts. That's probably what's bothering you. Fonts or resolution, that's just the two big things that we've always had to deal with. And the fact that we could suddenly use the same exact font, I'm not talking this typeface, the font, the actual piece of software, that I could use it on my machine and my friends on their Windows machine could use the same font, if we both owned the same font, let me clarify that, but we could actually use, if they had it, and they said, "Oh, I use this TrueType font "and its a Windows font," great, I have the same Windows font but it's on my Mac, great, we could use it. And we start to get in this parody. And then OpenType kind of grew out of that, and OpenType is this great, I think, kind of the great font, because it doesn't have two parts of a font. Old PostScript fonts? You had to have a printer font and a screen font, and sometimes they separated ways and you suddenly would go, "Oh, it looks great on-screen." You go to print, "Oh, sorry, "I need the printer font for that." So they didn't have that. So that kind of was a big thing back in the day. But we won't worry so much about that. We're going to look at OpenType. So, I always tell people, if they're purchasing a font, and there is an OpenType version available, get that version. Sometimes it's more expensive, not so much anymore, but because what it has is it has the ability to use all 65... It can have up to 65,000 glyphs. And the glyphs are the individual characters. We're going to look at the glyphs panel in a while and look at some of the things that OpenType and other fonts give us through that panel. But the great thing is, we can have way more characters than we used to have. That was always an issue too, that the Mac fonts could only have 256 characters back in the day. And the Windows ones could have, I don't remember how many, a lot more, though. And so there were just these certain characters that were there that couldn't be used. But now we've got 65,000 to choose from, if they've used them. They don't necessarily build them. You could get an OpenType font that uses a mere 5, or something like that. It depends on how the font is built. But OpenType tends to have more things available. So what are those 65,000 characters? Well, we're going to look at those. Special characters, Greek letters, mathematical symbols, alternates of letters, everything. So OpenType. And then in the last couple years, there's been this thing called Typekit that's been around for a while. And what Typekit is is a font server, and so you can use the font and you license it from them and it comes down from their server and into your machine and you're using it, but the great thing is it kind of lives up in the cloud. You know, we talk about the cloud all the time. Well now it became part of the Creative Cloud with Adobe. So now we have access to that. So if you have the Creative Cloud version of the Adobe software, you have access to Typekit. And what this means is that I can choose from these hundreds and hundreds of fonts, I don't know how many they're up to now, they add them all the time. They just added a couple font foundries in the last couple weeks. Here's all the new fonts that you have available to you. But the great thing is, when I'm working with other people, I don't have to make sure that I use a font that I know they have. So if I'm working with another designer, because I, with my license, I actually can't include a font and send it along. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, I'm just saying that you can't do that. So the nice thing is, if I use fonts from Typekit and I'm working with someone else who uses Creative Cloud, I know they have access to those exact same fonts. For instance, just being here at CreativeLive, I'm logged in to my Creative Cloud so I know that anything that I used on items that I created on my own machine when I'm here, I'm into my access. Even if I wasn't, I know that all those same fonts are available to me on that machine. So again, it's a great way to keep them all together. So Typekit, we can choose just to see the Typekit fonts. So this is handy, and these are not all the Typekit fonts that are available. These are the ones that I have decided to download. And again, they're downloaded to my machine but they're synced in my cloud. Right? So these are all ones that I might have downloaded on my own machine, I didn't download them here, but here they are available to me because I'm logged into my Creative Cloud. And I'm not trying to sell the Creative Cloud, I'm trying to demystify what's the big deal. What are some of the things? Because sooner or later, that's all we're going to have is the cloud and everybody's going to be on the cloud. And so keeping up with that is kind of fun. But if I want to add a font, let's say I want to change this type that's here and I realize, "Ah, nothing's really doing it for me," and I do maybe want to stick with the Typekit ones, I can just click "Add Fonts from Typekit" and it will go out to the internet, hopefully it will show up, if not, that's all right, we'll see if it comes into my account. If not, we'll just go out to Typekit actually and look at it. All right, so it's actually into my account, that's great. So it's going to show me everything that's available to me. So I can come in here and just browse for fonts, so when I decide it's time for a new font, I want some hand-decorated fonts. Let's look at hand-decorated fonts. They show up over here and here's where I have choices. So I say, "Oh, I really like this one. "Let's put that one in there." Things I need to look at, though: I've got two different items here. I've got the web fonts and the print fonts. Or it says "Sync availability." It used to say "Print." So what that's telling me is if I am going to use this in a webpage, maybe I'm working in Dreamweaver or something, I have to make sure I have the web availability. I have to make sure that it's the right ... Because some of them are only set for one or the other. So I want to look for the one here because I'm doing print, even though I might go to digital later, I'm working in InDesign. So when I'm working in InDesign, I want to make sure that the sync ability is there. The web one works differently. If you put a website up, it goes out to the service and feeds it back to the website. So we want to make sure that it has sync-ability. So I say, "Okay, I like this," and if I say, "Use fonts," it will come up and show me all the fonts that are available. In this case there's one typeface, just the regular. If I had a Sans-serif font, it might have 18 different faces available, and I can pick and choose which ones I would like. So I just say, "Sync selected fonts." So it's done, we're going to close that when it's done thinking about it. And that's called Tornac, is that the one we put in? That's it. So we will come over here and see if we have that available to us yet. So let's look at just the Typekit ones. Come down here and it should be ready. There it is, there's the Tornac one that we have. We can go ahead and assign that right away. See, you can see how simple getting those fonts were. I just go out, look for fonts, browse around, and download them and use them. Does that make sense? So just a couple things to keep in mind. And like I said, when we get to the glyphs panel, we're going to look at what more options we have available with those OpenType. I believe, I could be wrong, but I believe all the Typekit fonts are OpenType fonts. Actually, quit that, we don't need that anymore. So we've got that loaded. So now it's loaded, it's synced there, it's great. If you have the cloud on two different machines, you're allowed to have it on two of your own personal machines. Maybe you've got a work machine that's a Mac and you've got a PC at home. The great thing is, doesn't matter. You can have that running on both those machines as long as you're the one using it. So I go, I'm at work, I'm working on something and realize I want to go and work on that when I get home. Make sure I've synced the fonts. I get home, boom-boom, jump onto my PC. There's all my fonts ready for me to use, so it's super, super simple. All right. So that's just an idea to keep in mind. And sometimes, like I said, I have really old fonts on here from the early '90s. The fact that they even work is amazing, but I know someday I'm going to hit it and it's going to say, "Yeah, these aren't "working anymore. "This is from last century, last millennium, "so let's get up to date on some of these new fonts." All right, so that's kind of my font tirade there. But anyway, I just wanted to give you an idea, what do all these symbols mean? What do these mean? What does it mean, Typekit? One clarification ... Yeah. On Typekit. We had a couple of people voting on this, but is Typekit ... Does that require any additional fees or any other additional add-ons? Nope. It's totally free. Typekit is part of the Creative Cloud. When you have your Creative Cloud, you've got a Typekit subscription. Okay. Excellent. Thank you. You can subscribe to it separately. Okay. It's a separate service, but yeah, if you're on Creative Cloud, you've got it.

Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® enables you to create rich documents and layouts that combine graphic elements, images, and text. Advance your design skills with Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

In this class, Erica will help you tackle complex design projects and share best practice techniques in Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud®

You’ll learn how to:
  • Manage multi-page documents and use master pages
  • Automate your workflow and save time
  • Select character and paragraph styles
You’ll learn about advanced exporting options and she’ll offer tips on taking advantage of the extensive selection of assets in the Creative Cloud® Libraries.

If you’ve mastered the basics are are ready to advance your design skills, don’t miss Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Recommended prerequisite: Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® for Beginners

Software Used: Adobe InDesign CC 2015.1



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