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Need online tutorials for balancing ragged text

Mar 7, 2010 8:31 AM

Can anyone recommend online tutorials on how to work with ragged text in Indesign? I need a quick & dirty overview on how to achieve better balanced ragged text but many of the online sites I've encountered don't talk about how to "design" text....I'm getting a lot of steep slopes and weird gaps on my flushed left type despite experimenting with the composer features.

 

Please provide direct links to articles/videos not just website names.

 

Thanks for any help.

 
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    Mar 7, 2010 9:33 AM   in reply to amebade05

    You might also play with "balance ragged lines" in the paragraph panel.

     

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    Mar 7, 2010 9:35 AM   in reply to amebade05

    amebade05 wrote:

     

    Can anyone recommend online tutorials on how to work with ragged text in Indesign? I need a quick & dirty overview on how to achieve better balanced ragged text but many of the online sites I've encountered don't talk about how to "design" text....I'm getting a lot of steep slopes and weird gaps on my flushed left type despite experimenting with the composer features.

     

    Please provide direct links to articles/videos not just website names.

     

    Thanks for any help.

    Have you tried Google searches for:

     

    how to set ragged right text indesign tutorial

     

    AND

     

    how to set ragged right text indesign

     

    AND

     

    indesign typography tutorial

     

     

    HTH

     

    Regards,

     

    Peter

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    Mar 7, 2010 9:43 AM   in reply to Ken Grace

    Balance ragged lines is great for subheads and such but I'd never use it for body text.

     

    Bob

     
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    Mar 7, 2010 10:43 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    I probably wouldn't either, but if the OP is looking at all options he should at least know it's there.

     

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    Mar 7, 2010 12:53 PM   in reply to amebade05

    For goodness sake don't use forced line breaks on anythign that is still in the editing stage. If there are places where you want to keep things together, use non-breaking spaces or very judicous use of No Break.

     
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    Mar 7, 2010 1:26 PM   in reply to amebade05

    The default Adobe Paragraph Composer is specially written to balance as much as possible over the entire text. Maybe that's why your efforts don't have the effect you're after. Try switching to the Single Line Composer -- it's real dumb, so you'll have a much easier time coercing it to do what you want.

     
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