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Lesson 8. Presenting with Styles > Using InDesign for your presentation

Using InDesign for your presentation

Whether presenting a slideshow to a client or an audience, it is vitally important that your slides are convincing in both design and content.

Why presentation applications other than InDesign don't yet support good typography is a mystery. The most obvious shortcoming is the lack of kerning capabilities, which enable a user to create visually equal spaces between all letters, so that the eye can move smoothly along the text. Typeface designers usually spend a considerable amount of time preparing kerning tables, in which they predefine the optimal spacing between pairs of letters to improve the readability of a font. Although this information is included with the font files, some presentation programs continue to ignore the kerning tables. In the illustration below, the letter combinations Wo and Ty have been kerned in the second line, making their spacing visually consistent with the spacing between the other letters in the line.


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