InDesign now supports the use of Variable Fonts, so you can easily create type that looks exactly how you want.

This Open Type font format allows customization of attributes like weight, width, slant, and optical size. To see how these fonts work, start by searching for the variable icon in the font list. (See above image.)

When a variable font is chosen and used in text or in a style, slider controls become available when the variable font icon (circled in image below) is clicked in the Control panel, Character panel, Character Styles panel, and Paragraph Styles panel.

Note: Only the attributes available to be customized in a particular font are shown.

In the example below, the top text shows the base font selected with the attributes shown above, the bottom text has been customized with the attributes shown below, resulting in the bold-italic type.

These customizations can then be saved in a character or paragraph style and used throughout your document, and ultimately saved to your Creative Cloud Library.

Using Variable Fonts is an easy way to get custom type in a snap!

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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.