InDesign is highly feature-rich and standard software that is used by most of the companies offering book typesetting services. The favouritism of this software is mainly because of the seamless flexibility it offers and user-friendliness when it comes to typesetting. In this blog, you can grasp some tips that help you to make the most of this amazing tool.
With the optical kerning settings, Kerning as well as spacing between all the character pairs can be automatically determined. This helps immensely in case if you have restricted font sets to work with. This can also be used when the overall spacing looks in a document are uneven and weird. Try highlighting the text area, and experimenting with character palette settings would bring in some favour. This is one of the most common steps that a typical the book typesetting company follow.
You will realize the helpfulness of optical kerning while merging different fonts, type sizes or weights where kern pairs are absent in Metrics setting. Bold display areas like headlines need careful kerning. In fonts like sans serif, a tight setting enables to comprehend small features more easily. The impact of words can be enhanced with tighter kerning. Regardless of the settings, it is always possible for adding manual Kerns.
Be alert of ligatures
Proper care must be there when it comes to kerning ligatures and this is what most of the typesetting companies offering professional services advice. In case if the Kern seems too tight, InDesign will spontaneously relapse both discretionary and typical ligatures to separate glyphs. This can be a problem in typesetting when after manually kerning a headline, a style has been applied to it. So, before kerning ligatures manually, ensure that the inclusive tracking of style as well as kerning is set well in advance.
Keep reading. The above mentioned are just a few tips for typesetting using InDesign. More are to follow in our next blog.