8 Replies Latest reply on Feb 11, 2012 10:01 PM by lilia@

    Manipulating Text

    nametapes12d

      Hi, Is there a way to manualy resize text rather than just by increasing the points? I want my text to be a tall thin version of what I have. I hope this makes sense!

      Tired of Yorkshire!

        • 1. Re: Manipulating Text
          winterm Level 4

          You can simply drag your text frame by any corner holding Ctrl (Cmd)+Shift for proportional scaling, or holding Ctrl (Cmd) for non-proportional (exactly as you do with any other frame).

          However, the second option is a bad practise, imho...

          If you really need to distort your font, you better use horizontal and vertical scaling.

          • 2. Re: Manipulating Text
            nametapes12d Level 1

            Thank you so much!! It may be bad practise but perfect for what I need thank you so much!

            • 3. Re: Manipulating Text
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              YOu can also use the horizontal or vertical scale fields inthe Character panel or character section of the Control panel or in a style definition. This is particularly useful if you need to scale only part of the text in a frame.

               

              The big problem with scaling text like this is it can kill hairlines and make horizontal or vertical strokes very thick or very thin compared to their opposites.

              • 4. Re: Manipulating Text
                winterm Level 4

                Peter,

                I also mentioned scale fields as better option (maybe I wasn't clear enough), but it seems OP doesn't want it... for now?

                As for problems with distorting, imo, you didn't mention the biggest one - the font itself is a product of design (especially pro font) and changing its proportions drastically too often leads to not-so-perfect results.

                Unless you're better designer than the one who made the font

                 

                Ha, than you should use better fonts

                • 5. Re: Manipulating Text
                  Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                  winterm wrote:

                   

                  I also mentioned scale fields as better option (maybe I wasn't clear enough),

                  Sorry, read it and it didn't even register.

                   

                  I have to agree that scaling fonts is pretty much an "always ugly" bad idea, but some folks want to get "artistic." I think finding a tall or fat font is a better idea, pprecisly for the reasons you laid out -- it's designed at those proportions, but....

                  • 6. Re: Manipulating Text
                    lilia@ Level 2

                    Peter Spier wrote:

                    but....

                    never never never never never never never scale fonts.

                     

                    Did I make myself clear? LOL

                    The thicknesses of the letters are out of proportion when scaled... thats why its easy to spot.

                     

                    Sorry... but I'm a lover of typography

                    • 7. Re: Manipulating Text
                      winterm Level 4

                      lilia@ wrote:

                       

                      Sorry... but I'm a lover of typography

                       

                      So am I, lilia@

                      However, the question was: how can one do it.

                      Yes, you CAN. You shouldn't, but that's another story.

                      Frankly, never could find a reason good enough to use it myself, but it's unlikely OP cares about it :

                       

                      nametapes12d wrote:

                      It may be bad practise but perfect for what I need
                      • 8. Re: Manipulating Text
                        lilia@ Level 2

                        nametapes12d wrote:

                        It may be bad practise but perfect for what I need

                        to each their own... its just not my thing