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New Contest! The Case of the Absent Adornment

Hey folks, it’s time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Here’s the scenario: 

You’re designing a brochure for a small business, and the owner wants “fancy” typography. So you choose an OpenType script font that you know contains lots of fancy alternate characters, swashes, etc.

You also know that recent versions of InDesign give you convenient access to OpenType features via an adornment attached to the text frame.

After experimenting with different layouts, you decide to take the fanciness down a notch and turn off the OpenType features. But you notice that the OpenType adornment has disappeared from the text frame.


Why is there no OpenType adornment on the text frame?

If you want an extra hint, here’s the same page with hidden characters displayed.

This month’s prize is 3 months access to videos of any 2 days of CreativePro Week 2017.

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correct answers I receive before February 16, 2018

Enter now by emailing your solution to mike at

Note: Comments are closed on this post so no one gives away the answer. Good luck!

Editor in Chief of CreativePro. Instructor at LinkedIn Learning with courses on InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, and Affinity Publisher. Co-author of The Photoshop Visual Quickstart Guide with Nigel French.