3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 26, 2013 10:06 AM by essentre

    Trouble with line spacing and text flow in Indesign 6


      Hello everyone. I'm a graphic artist working with magazine layout new to Indesign. I've used Quark for years and recently came across this problem...


      Within a paragraph we'll usually use a soft return to bump certain words to the next line. However, there are occassions I'm noticing that by doing this the lines ABOVE where I'm bumping the word change and reflow. I've never had an issue with this before and it causes a serious problem for us. Is this a setting I have on that I'm not aware? What can I do to avoid this happening?


      Thank you for any input or advice.

        • 1. Re: Trouble with line spacing and text flow in Indesign 6
          [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

          Other than Quark (and almost *every* other DTP software), InDesign does not typeset "per line". Instead, it balances hyphenation and white space distribution over an entire paragraph. The result is far better and consistent spacing.


          See http://indesignsecrets.com/the-importance-of-paragraph-composition.php --


          ... those horrible days (and nights) of tweaking line after line, paragraph after paragraph to make it look better in my QuarkXPress layouts.


          You can "avoid" the very best possible spacing by disabling the Paragraph Composer, and switching back to the dumb Single Line Composer.

          • 2. Re: Trouble with line spacing and text flow in Indesign 6
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            It's one of the major differences between Quark and ID.


            ID has a "paragraph composer" as will as a single line composer like Quark's, and it's on by default. When you use the paragraph composer the text is constantly analyzed and spacing adjusted for the best fit and appearance (according to the spacing algorithm and your justification settings) for the entire paragraph. If you force a line break, ID may adjust all the lines above as well as the lines that follow.


            If this is a "serious problem" you shoud probably witch to the single line composer. You'll find a drop down for it in the paragraph style definitin dialog under the Justification settings, or you can change an individual paragraph as a local override from the Control panel flyout menu.


            Most of us whove been ID users for some time find the paragraph composer to be one of the strenghts of ID, and feel it generates nicer looking text than a single line composer.

            • 3. Re: Trouble with line spacing and text flow in Indesign 6
              essentre Level 1

              Thank you. It seems to be a very simple explanation and solution. I do need the ability in certain instances to bump lines without having the whole paragraph reflow so I think I'll just select those specific lines and use the single line setting.


              Thanks for your help!