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How to Create Negative Indents (Paragraph Style)

Nov 29, 2012 9:11 AM

Tags: #typography #paragrapgh_styles

Is there a way to do a negative indent to correct fonts that have inconsistent left side bearings?


This becomes more of an issue when small and large fonts are used together. Smaller fonts typically you don't notice the space but with larger font sizes it can be quite prominent.


Obviously there will be characters that will be the exception.

Typically letters that are wider at the top or bottom of the character have less side bearings.

Examples: A, T, Y, W, X, V ("x" is the exception)


Most characters that have a horizontal line on the left side of the character line up to each other (when left aligned)

Examples: E, R, U, P, D, F, H, K, L, B, N, M


One way to do this would be to stretch the bounding box of the title left (for left aligned font), and just add an indent until it lines up. Although not the ideal if using guides to try and line up fonts.


Looking for an alternative other than having to edit the font file.

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    Nov 29, 2012 2:41 PM   in reply to Josh_B_369

    Have you triued using Optical Margin Alignment? It's in the Story panel. You can set a paragraph style to ignore it.

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    Nov 29, 2012 4:29 PM   in reply to Josh_B_369

    Are you trying to fix this for every line, or just the first line in a paragraph?

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    Nov 29, 2012 4:52 PM   in reply to Josh_B_369

    You can add a hair space to the beginning of the line and kern the space/first letter pair.

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    Nov 29, 2012 7:05 PM   in reply to Josh_B_369

    You could make all the paragraph styles, or the frames themselves seeing how this is seems to be for headings, have an indent of a small amount. Then locally override the style and or the frame margin to achieve what you want. No space to accidently delete.


    Take care, Mike

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