Tag - A to Z Challenge

Z is for Zoom Function

It really doesn’t matter what software you are using, the zoom function is amazingly helpful.

Sometimes working at 100% isn’t always the best. Yes, it can give you the best idea of how a finished design will look, but it makes it hard to get in there and design the heck out of it.

Small details can make all the difference in a design, but they can be hard to work with when they look so tiny. Using the zoom function gives you the ability to make every small detail look how you want it too!

200%, 300%, 1000%… Zoom in as much as you need to make the best design you can!


A short post for the last day. (Z was hard to come up with a topic for!)

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Y Is in There with CMYK

Okay, okay… It’s hard coming up with things for X and Y (and Z as you will see tomorrow), so I am stretching a bit. But hey, Y is in CMYK… So it’s not that far of a stretch!

CMYK is the colour model that printers use to create the detailed colour of everything you print. It is also called four-colour process. CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Yes, K stands for black. This is because some may think that B stands for blue, so to avoid that, K is used.

Something to think about when printing is that your computer screen uses the RGB colour model to display colours, so what you see on a screen may not be what you see on the printed page. So if you plan to print a lot of something, test it by printing one copy first!

For more on colour, click here!

X is for X-Height

X was especially hard to come up with a topic for. Hence why I have chosen a small (yet important) part of typography: x-height!

The x-height is the invisible line that most lowercase letters are as tall as. The exceptions to this are b, d, f, h, k, and l. For these letters, the x-height dictates the height of their waistline — the top of the body of the letter.

The reason the x-height is named thusly is because it marks the proper optical height of the lowercase letter x in a typeface. Sometimes, a type designer may make rounded letters — such as c, o, and e — slightly taller than the x-height to make up for any optical illusion that causes the letters to not look the same height.

Other important guidelines that dictate the height and length of letters are the ascender line, cap height, baseline, and the descender line.


I hope you’ve found this small glimpse into type helpful!

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