December 28, 2018

Optical weights are designed to be set at different sizes so in our example above of the footnotes, we might set the footnotes in the small text weight of the font. Since the small text version is designed, as the name suggests, for smaller text, the font designer will...

December 21, 2018

This is the fifth of a 10-part series of the Ten Keys to Seamless Typesetting.

In our last installment we talked about the importance of using true small caps rather than faux small caps in order to keep the colour of the page consistent.

The same is true when using supe...

October 28, 2018

If I were to ask you what laser or radar stands for, you might be surprised to find out that they are both acronyms. You can click on the words to find out for

March 25, 2018

However, if the quality of the image is not good enough for press, then the image will be imported as large as possible such that it will be possible to print the image. For low quality images, this will give you visual feedback as to what the largest size the image ca...

March 2, 2018

The most classic ligature is the fi ligature. If you look at the image at the top of this page, you will see in the Arno font, if the f and the i were printed as the left of the image, the dot of the i will be very close to the top of the f and when printed would be to...

February 26, 2018

There are essentially four sets of numbers (ignoring superscripts etc.) that we need to deal with. Just like the letters of the alphabet, we have uppercase numbers and lowercase numbers. The former are more properly called “titling figures” or “lining figures” and the...

February 2, 2018

This is the third of a 10-part series of the Ten Keys to Seamless Typesetting.

Kerning is a necessary part of the typesetting process. Whereas in the past could have meant filing the edge of a sort to fit two characters closer together, today the process is much faster.


December 20, 2017

So there was a recent post on InDesign Secrets on how to find Ḥanuka in a document since it is spelt in so many different ways.

One of the challenges of typesetting multilingual texts is that often special characters such as the Ḥ in the title above can be used. Not onl...

December 6, 2017

When the manuscript is complete and there are no more corrections, the next stage is the final one of “balancing” the book. This is the process whereby the recto (right-hand page) and verso (left-hand page) of each spread are adjusted to be the same length. The excepti...

September 29, 2017


It’s worth taking a step back to see how the process worked not that long ago. You would have typed up your manuscript on a typewriter. The typesetter would then have rekeyed your entire manuscript using specialised hardware or computer system, changing your typ...

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