06.01.17: Don’t do the skew
InDESIGN is a powerful application. It gives us capabilities we never thought possible–including some I wish its developers had left out.
One of those is skew. Even InDesign labels this as “false italic.”
The top line in the illustration above shows true Garamond Book Condensed. The second line is Garamond Book Condensed Italic–the “true” italic.
The third and fourth lines were created by taking Garamond Book Condensed and skewing it.
You’re right: those last two lines look nothing like the true italic. The letters are just slanted…or…skewed.
Skewing is something I just never allow myself to do. Never. Ever. I believe it’s one of the fundamentals that differentiates a design professional from someone who just does design.
My suggestion is that you, too, adopt that as a fundamental in your work.
Don’t do the skew.
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