This week's Ask Kat question comes from Maria Hoagland and was originally from my IndieReCon post 10 Ways to Make Your Cover Stand Out in the Crowd

How do you usually customize a font?

If you're not a font designer but still want font customization you can change the kerning, tracking, skew, or the vertical or horizontal scale of the text. You can also add layer effects to give your fonts that extra pop, but try to reserve that for only title text.

If you want to try your hand at font design, I would suggest using Illustrator to create your font and then move it to InDesign to do the rest of your layout work. Or send your newly created font to a company that can turn it into a real editable font.

Alicia Kat Dillman is the author of Daemons in the Mist, the first book in the Marked Ones trilogy. A professional illustrator and designer, Kat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two crazy studio cats and nine very overfull bookcases. She can usually be found performing, watching anime or reading books when not playing in the imaginary worlds within her head.