Typography is the style and appearance of printed matter. This includes, but is not limited to Font size, Alignment, Line spacing, Capitalization, and, yes, even Fonts. Google apps enable users to adjust typography as necessary.
In additions to reading the directions and completing the Practice, I highly recommend that you watch the typography tutorial videos and read the websites.
Google Apps has a multitude of fonts to select. In addition to viewing the fonts in the app, you can also use the following websites:
Display and Handwriting fonts are excellent for short amounts of text such as titles and headers; however, they are not good for body text.
Serif fonts have feet on the ends. These little feet make the printed word easier to read. A Serif font will clearly show the difference between the letter l and the number 1.
Sans Serif fonts are typically easier to read online.
Too many fonts on a page or in one file can become distracting. Stick with 2 fonts in various sizes and styles.
Format Text Options
Look at the Format options for Text. We will learn more about Shortcuts in the Yearbook section, however, one of the best shortcuts is CTRL + Shift +. This shortcut increases the font size. Please note that the period is also the greater than sign, which is sometimes confused with arrow keys.
If a font has an arrow, click on it to view more style choices.
- Select the text.
- Click on the down arrow next to Arial.
- Click side arrow next to the font.
- Select a style.
- You can also use Bold and Italicize or more style choices.
Format Align & Line Spacing
Experiment with Format Align and Line spacing to determine how they change the appearance of the text.
- Select Insert.
- Click on Word art.
- Type a title, saying or phrase.
- Use Enter on the keyboard to Save. Use Shift + Enter for multiple lines.
- Select the Word art.
- Change the font type and more.
When you need a closer view of the text, it is crucial to zoom in to view the writing.
Choice 1: Shortcuts
- Zoom in CTRL + ALT and +
- Zoom Out CTRL + ALT and -
Choice 2: Icons
- Select the zoom icon.
- Left click to magnify the object.
- Right-click to decrease magnification.
- Don't forget to click the Select arrow icon or the esc key to exit zooming.
- Typography Tutorial - 10 rules to help you rule type by The Futur
- An Intro to Typography by Karen Kavett
- Beginning Graphic Design: Typography by GCFLearnFree.org
- Typography: Lesson TWO by Karen Kavett
- How to Add More Fonts in Google Docs and Slides
- What is typography? by PracticalTypography.com
- Summary of Key Rules by PracticalTypography.com
- Why Every Design Needs Three Levels Of Typographic Hierarchy by Janie Kliever
- 10 Ways to Improve Typography In Your Designs by Janie Kliever
- Typography rules and terms every designer must know by Creative Bloq Staff
- 800+ Fantastic Fonts for Google Projects by Eric Curts
- The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Fonts in Canva by Jess Creatives
- 50 Design Terms Explained Simply For Non-Designers by Mary Stribley