I'm an Adobe user since PhotoShop 2.0 and PageMaker version "Runtime" Windows. I've used InDesign CS4 for two months now. As most of you, I'm busy and haven't had time to research an itchy little glitch I've found. I use the shortcut Command+Shift+B since the beginning of time to switch to and from boldface fonts. All other CS4 applications as well as all MS Office products have continued the use of this handy (invaluable?) shortcut. With ID CS4, it no longer works. Why?
That shortcut should still be working, with minor difference from behavior you see in Word or Pagemaker: InDesign will not create a faux bold if you don't have a true bold for the font in question installed on your machine. Perhaps that's the problem?
Peter, You are indeed an expert in the community! The faux bold is the problem. I recently upgraded to OS X Leopard and encountered some font problems. Helvetica, my favorite and most widely used, required some major overhauling in regards to installed versus system fonts. This font as well as others, I now see, will give me the itchin' glitch. Thanks!!
Faux bold or italic are probably one of the biggest issues for new users. Since InDesign was developed for professional typesetting and press output, where fakery is both frowned upon as ugly typography and prone to cause trouble with RIPs, the developers simply made the choice not to support automated faux styling. If you absolutly need to fake a bold or italic you can do it manually by adding a stroke or incline to the letters, but the look isn't the same as a true bold or italic font, and in my opinion this is a very last resort to be used only if there is no real font simailar enough in appearance to be used.
Oh, that's a good call by the developers. My problem occurred because of my Leopard-System Font-Helvetica snafu. My multiple versions of Helvetica over the course of multiple years and a persnickety font handler like Suitcase Fusion created that.
InDesign CS5 does not have faux bold or faux italic. Faux italics can be had using the skew setting. Generally a 20% skew setting works
well although in some cases the tracking may need adjusting to make it more legible. As for faux bold,I have found that by doing the following
I can get a bold look for fonts that I do not have bold versions available for.
1. Create a small text box to hold only the text that needs to be bold.
2. Align it over the original text.
3. If the alignment just isn't quite right, align it as best as you can and then create a character style to change its color to paper
(I call it White Out). 'White out' the original text and you're left with the text in the small text box.
4. Copy the text box and Paste In Place until it's as dark as you need.
While this is not an elegant solution nor workable with large amounts of bold text it serves the purpose and can be exported to PDF.
So far, I haven't found a simpler way around the problem.
As for the Command+Shift+B=Bold question. . . . . InDesign doesn't have it. So What! Big deal! Get over it! The power of this
program and what you can do with it is breathtaking. Command+Shift+B=Bold is not needed.
True, you can assign a shortcut to apply bold. However, this only works for
fonts that you have
a Bold version for. For example, Minion Pro Bold would replace Minion Pro
regular. The command
merely substitutes the bold version for the regular. It can not apply a faux
bold effect to those fonts
that do not have a bold version. A real problem with single fonts where a bold
version is not offered.
For those you have to find a way to work around it. For thin fonts, adding a
stroke seems to make
them fat. Too fat, so I just stack the text frames until it's as dark as I
need. Adding a stroke for
heavier fonts may work better for them.