Video tutorial: Improved text and typography in Sibelius 7

by Daniel Spreadbury on June 15, 2012 · 4 comments

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Yesterday I shared a handy tutorial by Philip Rothman of NYC Music Services concerning the Inspector in Sibelius 7, and as a follow-up, here’s another excellent video that Philip has put together concerning the improvements in text and typography features in Sibelius 7.

In just ten minutes, Philip walks you through many of the improvements to text handling in Sibelius 7. The text system in the program was completely overhauled, with a brand new OpenType-compatible rendering engine that produces very accurate metrics for on-screen display and printing that is (for the first time) as consistent as possible between Windows and Mac, much improved support for extended font styles (such as Semibold, Condensed, Caption, etc.) on Mac, plus support for desktop publisher-style text frames with various kinds of justification, and fine control over typographical parameters such as character spacing (tracking), line spacing (leading), subscript/superscript display, and more.

Add to that a revamp of the text styles concept, with the introduction of true hierarchical styles (such that one text style can inherit some or all of its properties from a parent text style, making it quick to change properties of multiple text styles by editing their shared parent) and the addition of character styles (to provide fine control over formatting at the character or word level rather than over a whole text block), and Sibelius 7’s text and typography features represent a massive advance over what was possible in previous versions – and indeed what is possible today in any other notation software.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you may want to consider attending Philip’s upcoming Sibelius training sessions in New York City. Thanks to Philip for this tutorial – keep up the great work!

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