How is your custom stroke set like?
...The underline goes edge to edge so the first and last characters unpleasantly hang out of the underline...
I really cannot reach this effect on my side:)
Some letter is underlined and... is not...? Maybe a screen shot?
Try using a dotted style, and set the gap as small as it will go. That may not give you as much beyond as you want, though.
This effect uses the underline option which basically seems to work by character. Therefore I cannot set the text to indent left and right. As you can see where there is no added space (because the background colour is darker), the effect is that of chopping off some of the letters. I want there to be a bit of a space between the stroke end and the first / last letter.
I can acheive this effect using paragraph rules and indents, however there are two drawbacks: I need to insert a manual line break between each line, and the rule extends to the edge of the frame. If I choose "text" instead of column for the width, it has the same problem as the underline effect.
Thank you, I tried that, but it didn't seem to help.
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Other than the problems with one-line paragraphs, the rules will work if you set them to text width and add negative indents. Unerlines will not work, I suspect, without adding the padding. Just the way they work.
On the other hand, here's a really off the wall idea: make a series of threaded, round corner, color-filled text frames one line high (of course, the new live corner effects don't allow a true semi-cicular end, but you could make one and save it as a library item and drag them in as required. Set left and right indents for your padding, and adjust the last frame in the paragraph to the length of the line. If you need to do entire pages like this, I'd set it up on a master page. Probably as much work as adding the padding, but easier to edit.
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Of course, it depends on how many highlights it could be in your story, but.... even you will find CharacterStyle solution - it should be "clicked" as well, so...
you can define a Object Style to keep round-corner, proper heigth graphic box.
you can anchor it at the begin of each mentioned line with "custom settings" (X-relation to text column, Y-relation to baseline and transparency set to 'substract')
- It will fly with text;
- Only last line, if shorter, needs to be edited.
- If anchored point move - box will stay.
- You can edit highlight properties in ObjectStyle dialog.
Is it a some "kind of solution"? Hope...
Many thanks to you both for your help.
I'm a bit of an InDesign newbie, so both answers are something I have to try out when I get back to this project! Object styles are actually something I don't use as often as I should, but will have a go and see which option will be more work.
For this project there are not stacks of highlited sections so I can add the spacing manually, but I was hoping for a more efficient solution.
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Hi - I'm new here, so feel free to comment if I can phrase my question better.
I've set a paragraph style which highlights my text by applying an underline. Client has requested a round end cap, so I've set a custom stroke. The underline goes edge to edge so the first and last characters unpleasantly hang out of the underline. In order to compensate I've manually included an Em space at the beginning and end of the text, but this is not ideal.
I'd really like something which can indent the text beginning and end from the underline, but keep the underline the width of the frame.
Paragraph rules does not work in this case, as I need all of the text to be highlighted, not just the last line.
Any help gratefully appreciated.
I haven't followed this thread closely, but I thought to search for a Michael Murphy (theindesigner) video I faintly remembered, with the Google phrase "theindesigner stroke video" without quotes. Among the hits is:
The InDesigner » Blog Archive » A Simpler Rounded Rule Technique. There may be some ideas that don't appear on this thread.