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Applying Text Distortions

InDesign also lets you apply horizontal or vertical scaling to text. This distorts the text to increase its height or width 41.gif. This changes the type from the original design of the characters. Typographic purists (such as this author) disdain distorting text.

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To apply horizontal scaling:

  1. Select the text that you want to distort.
  2. Use the horizontal scale field controls in the Character palette to change the width of the text 42.gif.

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To apply vertical scaling:

  1. Select the text that you want to distort.
  2. Use the vertical scale field controls in the Character palette 43.gif.

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Skewing allows you to slant or tilt text 44.gif. This is also called false italic because it resembles the slant of italic text.

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To skew text:

  1. Select the text that you want to skew.
  2. Enter an angle in the skew field in the Character palette to specify how much the text should be slanted 45.gif.

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