Tasmeem is a set of Arabic enhancements for Adobe InDesign ME, developed by WinSoft International and DecoType. Tasmeem allows users to create typographically advanced text in Arabic in the Middle Eastern and North African versions of InDesign, turning it into a typesetting and design tool for Arabic.
Arabic calligraphy is the art of artistic handwriting, and by extension, of bookmaking. This art has most often employed the Arabic script, throughout many languages. A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skilful manner" (Mediavilla 1996: 18).
Calligraphy is especially revered among Islamic arts since it was the primary means for the preservation of the Qur'an. The work of calligraphers was collected and appreciated. Consideration of figurative art as idolatrous led to calligraphy and abstract figures becoming the main forms of artistic expression in Islamic cultures.
Calligraphy and computers
Calligraphy is traditionally a pen-to-paper craft but even the fluidity of the pen can be replicated on a computer. Using a computer to create calligraphy can prove to be more efficient for calligraphers and graphic designers of all levels. Moreover, they keep the possibility to edit and modify it.
The computer facilitates the shape variations per letter to open up new creative possibilities for advertisements, front pages, greeting and business cards.
It brings the possibility to create sophisticated Arabic literary and academic books as well as shape prose and poetry.
Arabic calligraphy with Tasmeem
Tasmeem integrates Arabic traditional calligraphy with modern typefaces.
Subset of Tasmeem features
Tasmeem 4 proposes a new collection of high-quality fonts such as Naskh, Emiri, Hasan Hiba. Tasmeem fonts may only be used with Tasmeem.
Word Shaping presents all the possible calligraphic alternatives for the selected letters of a word.
Text Shaping deals with the same calligraphic parameters as the Word Shaping, but automates it for large amounts of text.
Distribution of shape alternates, dissimilation of the same letter through a variation, Kashida distribution and frequency can be precisely controlled and applied on a long text, just like a regular paragraph style.
The Position Tuner
The Position Tuner feature allows dragging and positioning a segment of a word with the mouse in normal, searchable text.
It intuitively adjust spacing, kerning and create calligraphic arrangements.
Moreover it lets select and colour vowels independently.
This feature facilitates the selection in non-linear text by pinpointing each letter and vowel.
Arabic Spacing allows adjusting space between words and space between word segments.