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Chapter 7. Typography > To scale type horizontally or vertically using the keyb...

To scale type horizontally or vertically using the keyboard:

1.
Choose the Content tool.

2.
Highlight the text to be scaled (not HTML text).

3.
Hold down Cmd/Ctrl and press left bracket “[” to condense or shorten in 5% increments, or right bracket “]” to expand or lengthen . Include the Option/Alt key to scale in 1% increments. Scaling will be horizontal or vertical depending on which option is currently selected in the Character Attributes dialog box.

Figure 1. Normal (100%) horizontal and vertical scale


Figure 2. 75% vertical scale


Figure 3. 80% horizontal scale


Figure 4. 110% horizontal scale


This method for scaling type interactively rather than by specifying an exact point size is appropriate when you're working visually—trying to make a headline or a logo look just so.


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