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How to determine a text size by actual print measurement?

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I mean: text height.

I always "Trial and error"ing with the font size (on PT units) , measure it with measure tool, converting it's height to CM. it's a time consuming methood.
is there any more user friendly way to do it?

 

this question goes to illustrator too.

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Here the direct link to Gerald's script SetVisualCharSize.jsx :

https://www.cuppascript.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SetVisualCharSize.zip

 

Just tested it with InDesign 2020. It's still working!

 

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How to determine a text size by actual print measurement?

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I mean: text height.

I always "Trial and error"ing with the font size (on PT units) , measure it with measure tool, converting it's height to CM. it's a time consuming methood.
is there any more user friendly way to do it?

 

this question goes to illustrator too.

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Correct answer by Laubender | Adobe Community Professional

Here the direct link to Gerald's script SetVisualCharSize.jsx :

https://www.cuppascript.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SetVisualCharSize.zip

 

Just tested it with InDesign 2020. It's still working!

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Type size for Print? Digital?

 

what are you confused about? You don't know what size font you should use?

 

can you elaborate?

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It's for print.

I'm not sure i understand your respond.

i think the answer is yes. i don't know what size (in pt) to use to make the letter be printed on X cm on paper.

i want to check it more quickly then streching the measure tool everytime i change the font size.

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You can enter other measurements in the Font Size field as usual, f.e. "1.25cm".

 

But do note that there is no straightforward relation between "font size" and how large exactly the text is in your document! (A very easy to understand reason is, "the size of what character?" It's a bit more complicated than that, but it's a good starting point to think about.) Nevertheless, entering a size in a measurement unit of your choice could be close enough for you.

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If I'm understanding your question correctly, you mean the actual size of a letter. For instance, the exact measurement of an upper-case letter or possibly the X-height. As an example, there's is no way to enter an exact measurement of a cap letter in a character field. The cap letters and and/or x-height of lower-case characters can be entirely different in differing typefaces. 

Point size is not the measurement of letters. It measures the distance from the baseline of one line of type up to the baseline of the line of type above. 

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"Point size is not the measurement of letters. It measures the distance from the baseline of one line of type up to the baseline of the line of type above."

 

No, that is leading.

In general we see the kp height (acsender to descender) as point size.

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Thanks for the correction Frans! Bit of a brain blip there from doing two things at once.

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Let me go back to the disscution: i've got half-way solution now, i got a script that gives back dimentions on click over any element, that include text.

This is how it work: (screencast) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-UEZM-DtEI

 

Now the only thing i need to do is to move the text upwards inside the text rectangular (don't know what is its official name) so  i could measure the body of the small letters (not caps) without the "invades" of the text (like the top of the "d")

the Q is a good example of a letter the spans out of the rectangle.

The area i want to measure is ranged between those 2 purple lines.

i looked over "charecter" and "paragrapgh" but didn't find any way to do it.

any ideas?

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so i could measure the body of the small letters (not caps)

 

So you want the x-Height (lowercase) dimension, and not the Cap Height?

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Exactly!

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Yes. With a Type Scale Tool.

 

Commonly called an E-scale, a see-through type gauge/ruler works by lining up a capital letter against the "E"s to translate what you see into a type size specification. In the example above, it also lets you use the leading scales to measure space between type lines in the type slug, and, with practice, can offer more type size scales between Top of Caps and Base of Descenders.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Randy

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You know, that brings me back.

Before the turn of the century we used to output directly to film. In those days I wrote a nifty piece of PostScript code that measured the height of selected characters of any typeface and then produced such a ruler with a spread of different sizes, along with their exact point size. Output in black on the transparent film, it was ready for use as soon as it was developed. I must've made dozens of these, they were quite popular.

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I've got a little drawer in the cabinet my my stand-up computer station with a heavy-duty MicroRef Smart Rule E-Scale (25 steps between 5-72 points, set in both serif and sans-serif type), linescreen gauges, a scanner test strip — heck, there's even an old proportion wheel in there. I probably break out the E-Scale once every other year. The only part of the kit I still use regularly is the scanner test strip, every couple of months, just to make sure my scanner isn't out of whack before I start digitizing photo prints or 'stats.

 

These days, I rarely break most of these things out. And half the time I do, it's to gee-whiz a client or colleague.

 

I used to think my kit demonstrated I was an old-school heavyweight graphics weenie. Now I realize all it demonstrates is that I'm really old.

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It sounds like you want to measure the Cap Height, which is not the point size.

 

 

Screen Shot 9.png

 

You can get the cap height via scripting. This is adapted from a script Uwe Laubender posted awhile back. Displays the cap height of a selected character:

 

var doc = app.documents[0];  
var docViewPrefs = doc.viewPreferences.properties;
doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.POINTS;
doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.POINTS;
var sel = doc.selection[0];
app.copy();

var textFrame = doc.textFrames.add({geometricBounds: [0,0,"100mm","100mm"], textFramePreferences: {firstBaselineOffset: FirstBaseline.CAP_HEIGHT, insetSpacing: 0, minimumFirstBaselineOffset: 0, verticalJustification: VerticalJustification.TOP_ALIGN}});  
        
app.select([textFrame.parentStory.insertionPoints[0]])    
app.paste();
var ch = textFrame.texts[0].insertionPoints[0].baseline;

textFrame.remove();

doc.viewPreferences.properties = docViewPrefs;

alert( "Selected character’s Cap Height= " + ch + " Points);

 

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Wow this scheme is so much much helpful! i'm gonna use it a lot

i have to find a scheme like that for Hebrew.

Now about our issue:

 need the x height, not the cap height

danezeq_0-1592834260240.png

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If you want the lowercase x height try this:

 

var doc = app.documents[0];  
var docViewPrefs = doc.viewPreferences.properties;
doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.POINTS;
doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.POINTS;
var sel = doc.selection[0];
app.copy();

var textFrame = doc.textFrames.add({geometricBounds: [0,0,"100mm","100mm"], textFramePreferences: {firstBaselineOffset: FirstBaseline.X_HEIGHT, insetSpacing: 0, minimumFirstBaselineOffset: 0, verticalJustification: VerticalJustification.TOP_ALIGN}});  
        
app.select([textFrame.parentStory.insertionPoints[0]])    
app.paste();
var ch = textFrame.texts[0].insertionPoints[0].baseline;

textFrame.remove();

doc.viewPreferences.properties = docViewPrefs;

alert( "Selected character’s X Height= " + ch + " Points");

 

 

 

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Thanks Rob

I just tried it and it's works, i still dont know if the value is correct.

 

is it possible to change the output to centimeters insted of points?

and one other thing. after the script give the value it goes back to the first page. why is it heppening?

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Checkout the script Uwe posted, I think it does what you want. Select some text, enter the target outpuut dimension in the Height field, and a lowercase x in the Character field:

 

Screen Shot 11.png

 

 

The resized text:

Screen Shot 12.png

 

 

Here the direct link to Gerald's script SetVisualCharSize.jsx :

https://www.cuppascript.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SetVisualCharSize.zip

 

Just tested it with InDesign 2020. It's still working!

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Thanks

when i play the script i get this message:

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Sorry, there was a missing quote mark at the end of the last line. Should be this:

 

 

var doc = app.documents[0];  
var docViewPrefs = doc.viewPreferences.properties;
doc.viewPreferences.horizontalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.POINTS;
doc.viewPreferences.verticalMeasurementUnits = MeasurementUnits.POINTS;
var sel = doc.selection[0];
app.copy();

var textFrame = doc.textFrames.add({geometricBounds: [0,0,"100mm","100mm"], textFramePreferences: {firstBaselineOffset: FirstBaseline.CAP_HEIGHT, insetSpacing: 0, minimumFirstBaselineOffset: 0, verticalJustification: VerticalJustification.TOP_ALIGN}});  
        
app.select([textFrame.parentStory.insertionPoints[0]])    
app.paste();
var ch = textFrame.texts[0].insertionPoints[0].baseline;

textFrame.remove();

doc.viewPreferences.properties = docViewPrefs;

alert( "Selected character’s Cap Height= " + ch + " Points");

 

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