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What's New in Adobe InDesign: Variable Font



There are a handful of great updates in the latest release of #Adobe InDesign.

#Adobe unveiled updates across all of their platforms and in my latest two-part tutorial, I will focus on some of the latest new features in Id.

The first one is the introduction of Variable Font in Adobe InDesign. This feature now allows users to create custom attributes to an Open Type font. With the use of convenient sliders, the Variable Font feature supports attribute adjustments to weight, width, slant and optical size of the type.

How is this useful? For example, adding a weight that is somewhere between Bold and Black is now possible or adding the slightest of slants to a Sans Serif can also be accomplished with this great tool!

Here's a look at how it works!


Variable Font

  1. Select the Type Tool, left click and drag a text frame on a page.

  2. Type a word or headline in your layout.

  3. Select the text and in the Control Panel or Properties Panel navigate to the font dropdown list and search for "variable" to show the active variable fonts available. In this tutorial, I will be using Acumin Variable font and then making the custom adjustments to it.

  4. Next to the font family weights list, click the "Variable Font" icon. This can be fond in various places — Control Panel, Properties Panel and Character Panel. Simply, any where you can make attribute edits to the font, you will find the Variable Font icon.

  5. Adjust the sliders — Weight, Width, Slant and Optical Size — to your desired preference.

Variable Font can be adjusted at any time by selecting the text and changing the customizable attributes. However, when changing the Variable Font or the weight, you will lose previous custom attributions made and you'll be required to re-apply them to the new version.

This is the window you will see when launching the Variable Font sliders.


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