7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 1, 2012 3:40 AM by on5lb RSS

    Space between paragraphes

    on5lb Community Member



      Long time i used InDesign CS4, and wonder if there is a solution on my question ?


      I started a digital book where I use Garamond Premier Pro Medium 14pt with an interline of 16.


      In certain conditions, i like to double "Enter" between two paragraphs, but the space is to big !


      Can i reduce the space between two paragraphs ?


      Thanks to let me know, and please, tel me how to proceed .




        • 1. Re: Space between paragraphes
          jmlevy Community Member

          Instead of typing the enter key twice, use “space after” or “space before” that you can find in the paragraph panel or (better) in your paragraph style panel. You will be able to control exactly the space you wish between paragraphs.

          • 2. Re: Space between paragraphes
            Steve Werner ACP/MVPs

            If you're creating an eBook (exporting to EPUB—or Adobe Digital Editions as I think it reads in CS4), you should do most of our formatting with paragraph and character styles.


            When exported to EPUB (or to HTML for that matter), all multiple paragraph returns are reduced to one, and all spaces are reduced to one.


            As "jmlevy" pointed out, you want to use the Space Before and Space After attributes in your paragraph style to adjust the spacing.

            • 3. Re: Space between paragraphes
              on5lb Community Member

              Thanks jmlevy, for your help.


              Actually, i'm not starting an eBook, but a technical manual (about 70 pages !) which i'll convert into PDF.


              I'm not sure in understand exactly the procedure. (i'm from Belgium !).


              Can you fing the time to show me the way to (step by step ?) using the paragraph style panel (which i did already).


              It should be nice if could put the mouse between two paragraphs and adjusting the space by modifying the interline !


              And thanks to Steve as well for his support.




              • 4. Re: Space between paragraphes
                Steve Werner ACP/MVPs

                You don't put your mouse between two paragraphs. You select one of the paragraphs (the one above or the one below), and you use the Space Above or Space Below attribute. It's actually done very similarly in Microsoft Word.


                Here are a couple pictures. Select a paragraph. Create its attributes for font size, leading (what you call "interline"), maybe a first line indent. From the Paragraph Styles panel, choose New Paragraph Style. I called mine Body Copy.



                To add the space between paragraphs, go to the Indents and Spacing panel (on the left). Set the Space Below value as shown below:



                I'm using picas and points (default in the US), but it would be the same if you were specifying millimeters or centimeters.

                • 5. Re: Space between paragraphes
                  Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

                  If you don't want to add space to all paragraphs of a particular style, you can do it as a local override setting from either the Paragraph panel or the Control Panel:


                  Space before_after.png


                  Space before or afer are set in either the Patagraph panel or the Control panel paragraph fields. I've highlighted both in the illustration above.

                  • 6. Re: Space between paragraphes
                    jmlevy Community Member

                    La même chose en français…

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                    • 7. Re: Space between paragraphes
                      on5lb Community Member

                      Many thanks to all of you guys ! Steve :: Peter and  jmlevy (merci pour le français) !.


                      This is a real technical support,  i all "pick & place" it just in case....


                      I have to use so much various app's , so i'm confused each time i reuse one of them from several mounths ago.


                      It work fin (of course) and i can go on using Adobe stuff


                      Best regads and have a nice day.