You might also play with "balance ragged lines" in the paragraph panel.
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
how to set ragged right text indesign
indesign typography tutorial
Balance ragged lines is great for subheads and such but I'd never use it for body text.
I probably wouldn't either, but if the OP is looking at all options he should at least know it's there.
Hey, yes--I have been googling oogling for about 2 days now on the topic....I have tried the Balance ragged lines options and played around with hyphenation settings. Is there a way to achieve better rags or is there no option but go in there and manually soft-return those annoying little hangers that obliterate my nice rags? I know soft-returns can get the words down into the next sentence, but how would you bring "up" a word that has been set into the next sentence?
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.
I didn't force break anything as of yet, but I have no breaking words in my text because I removed my hyphenations to experiment to see if I got better rags. But I am still getting weird shapes in my rags. The rule of thumb is short line, long line, short line, long line...that much I know. But I need to get some words "up" and "down" to the sentence above or below without adjusting the widths of my text box. If I shouldn't force break, how do I do this?
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.
ok. I will try that one instead.