Sam Hampton-Smith shows you how to select, control and adjust your display typography using the features found in the OpenType format.
Often overlooked, typography is an art form all of its own.
While it's simple to lay down words and numbers on a page, making the most of the shapes and letterforms involves more than just setting leading and kerning. Good typography should often be almost invisible to the reader; it should facilitate the understanding and improve readability. However, it doesn't have to all be functional because OpenType fonts offer the designer a host of styles and effects that can be used to introduce more refinement and character to a piece of work.
In this tutorial, we'll look at some of the features available within the OpenType format, how to access them and make stylistic decisions over where to use optional features.