Novice question, i know...

matty's picture

can anyone tell me how to make a proper 1/2 fraction on a mac? i can't find it on key caps, and i need it for a project...

thank you very much

Miss Tiffany's picture

Which program are you using?? You could always use the old-fashioned way. Superscript the '1' and subscript the '2'.

matty's picture

indesign and illustrator.
and that's what i did (superscript and subscript).

are there any general rules about how much to super / subscript them? and how much to reduce the point size? etc.?

thank you very much.

matty's picture

oh and if it helps, the copy is 9 pt News Gothic with 13.5 pt leading...

Miss Tiffany's picture

Best guess, 50% ... however, I would say the i{most} important thing is that it visually fits in the space.

Miss Tiffany's picture

I can't believe I'm still a newbie after all these years

:-)

No, actually I can.

I meant to type most important

matty's picture

than you very much, and greetings from a few miles north!

^_^

i created a fraction that looks nice.

matty's picture

oh, thank you too, Stephen.

hrant's picture

When you do such a drastic reduction in scale, use a darker weight too (if available).

hhp

matty's picture

ahh, that tutorial made my 1/2 look perfect, thank you very much everyone.

hrant's picture

You guys are lucky there's no chocolate in that cupcake.

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

Yes. Especially Dark Belgian Chocolate!

:-)

Bald Condensed's picture

Huh? (waking up, with startled look on face) Did anyone mention Belgium? (back to sleep)

Stephen Coles's picture

Don't forget, also, that most fonts have a fraction bar
(shift-option-1). It sits on the baseline and at a
greater angle than the slash.

Stephen Coles's picture

Tiffany - You can go back and edit your post within 30
minutes of posting. Click on the little pencil-and-paper
icon to the right.

Jared Benson's picture

Aw, you beat me to it, Mr. Coles.

Here's the quickie tutorial:

1. Type the fraction. ie. 1/2 - Be sure to use the fraction bar, Shift-Option-1.

2. Select the numerator and either a) make it superscript or b) change the font size to 50% size and shift the baseline. If working with a 12pt font, you can change the numerator to 6pt and then give it a 6pt baseline shift. (These functions are easily found in the Text tool palette)

3. Select the denominator and change its font size to 50% size

4. Finally, check your kerning - you might need to nudge the characters to get it just right.

Jared Benson's picture

Of course, you can always just use a typeface that already includes the fractions...

Jared Benson's picture

haha, this is like a pack of wolves jumping on a cupcake. I guess we're all just too eager. :-)

Hey, it's Friday.

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