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    smallest text size for Print

    Hello...

    I'm using adobe InDesign for the first time, but i have no idea what is the smallest text size that i can use so it can be read when it's printed out?

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    font

    Different fonts will allow different sizes. Arial I believe will allow down to a 4. Why don't you try printing some out to see how they look.
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    Different fonts will allow different sizes. Arial I believe will allow down to a 4. Why don't you try printing some out to see how they look.
    my printer is broken

    i'm using verdana or helvetica.

    did you mean 4 px or 4 pt ?

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    print sizes are measured in points. it really depends on how much and what kind of information you are trying to convey. 4pt type may be fine for small amounts of unimportant information (like photo credits--not unimportant to the photographer i'd think ). and the typeface can contribute to or detract from readability at those sizes. san serif fonts (arial, helvetica, verdana, etc.) tend to be more readable at small sizes if that helps. also a high quality font with good hints will look better at small sizes.
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    allrite, thx for your tips russbellon

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    If you look at a legal document, a job application, or anything that's got legalese in it, the small print is usually set to 6pt or 8pt.

    one thing to point out is that both In Design and Quark will "greek" the text at certain zoom levels.
    Greek (or greeking) displays a block of text as a grey box. It's useful to get an overall feel for the document without having to focus on what the words say. When you zoom in the greeking goes away and you can read the text properly. For example, Quark allows you set the greeking levels to "all fonts below x point size will greek".
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    woohoo.. more tips from Creole
    Thanks!

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    yay 4 InDesign

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    Congrats on using InDesign....stay away from that Quark crap. If you want the text to be readable the smallest I would go would be 6 or 7pt depending on the font.
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    marthinus

    Yay 4 InDesign too!!

    yup thx for the tips Cabbage


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