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Real World Tips for Working with Text in InDesign CS3

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Wise-cracking authors Olav Martin Kvern and David Blatner take you through all of InDesign's typesetting tools, sharing real world techniques for getting your work done faster and more efficiently along the way.

Filling and Stroking Characters

Most page layout programs give you the ability to apply an "outline" type style to text. When you do this, you get a stroke around the text that varies in size depending on the point size of the text. But what if you want to apply a stroke of a particular width to the text? What if you want to apply a fill of a different color?

With InDesign, you can fill or stroke text as you would any other path. Once you've selected text (you can use the Selection tool to select unlinked text frames), you can set the fill color, or the stroke color and stroke weight (see Figure 4-30).

Figure 4-30

Figure 4-30 Character Fill and Stroke

You can even apply gradients to the fill and stroke of the type—without converting the type to outlines. However, while gradients are easy to apply, it's not always easy to get the effect you're looking for. The reason is that gradients are based on the bounding box of the text frame (the bounding box is the smallest imaginary rectangle inside which the frame will fit). If you want to change the gradient so that its just on the text, select the text and drag the Gradient Swatch tool over it. (See Chapter 5, "Drawing," for more on applying and editing gradients.)

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