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Chapter 6. Type and Typography > Kerning and Tracking - Pg. 265

Type and Typography 265 After all these warnings, if you still want to play with the horizontal or vertical scaling of your type, you can do so using the Horizontal/Vertical Scale feature on the Style menu. (Vertical scaling first appeared in QuarkXPress 3.2; instead of stretching the type horizontally, it makes it taller while maintaining the same width.) First, select Horizontal or Vertical from the popup menu (you can't modify both at the same time). Entering values below 100 percent makes the text either narrower or shorter and squatter, depending on the Horizontal/Vertical setting; values above 100 percent stretch it wider or make it taller. Note that you don't have to type a percent sign; just the number will do. You can also alter horizontal and vertical scaling with keystrokes: Command-] (right square bracket) makes selected text wider in five-percent increments; Command-[ (left square bracket) makes the selected text narrower in five-percent increments. (I remember the difference like this: the key on the left means narrow--or less; the key on the right means wider--or more.) The keystrokes modify horizontal or vertical scaling depending on which direction you last changed. Tip Thoughts on Horizontal and Vertical Scaling.Here are just a few more thoughts on the subject of horizontal and vertical scaling that you might want to keep in mind. · If you're going to use horizontal scaling, think carefully about the sort of typeface you're using. When you scale a font horizontally, the vertical strokes get thicker or thinner-- depending on which way you're scaling--and the horizontal strokes stay the same width. A typeface that has thick verticals and thin horizontals (such as Bodoni) can become very odd-looking with just a little scaling. Faces that have only a little variation in stroke weight often handle scaling the best. · Perhaps the worst kind of typeface to scale horizontally is script faces such as Berthold Script or Park Avenue. These are very delicate, and stretching them makes them look