4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 3, 2013 5:37 AM by allisonblake

    How to perfectly align text in collumns.

    imjoebaker

      I'm currently working on 40 page booklet that wants to look as crisp as possible. I need to have the text aligned to the left and justifying them is not an option. Automatically you would presume that I just tick "align to left" however, the right hand edge appears to be very inconsistent and looks as if it could easily hold more words before breaking into a new line.

       

      I know this is the case for when I tick "Hyphenate" not only do some words hyphenate, but a few of the smaller words that are annoyingly breaking too soon, suddenly pop up a line and become more justified.

       

      To explain my issue I have attached a screenshot that highlights this. If you note the second column first line you will clearly see there is room for the (NCS) that has broke onto the second line.This page is not the best example but I find over the booklet some pages are worse then others. From my tinkering it feels that this is to do with the text box more than the text itself.

       

      Page Example.jpg

       

      Any advice, tips or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

        • 1. Re: How to perfectly align text in collumns.
          [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

          By default, InDesign creates the "best possible" line-breaks within the constraints you are forcing it into.

          In your example 'bad line', the current line breaks are

           

          to play a significant role in the

          NCS programme - providing

          accomodations to groups as part

          of their course. Other financial cuts

           

          Moving the "NCS" a line earlier, since it "fits" there, would lead to a big gap on the next line:

           

          to play a significant role in the NCS

          programme - providing

          accomodations to groups as part

          of their course. Other financial cuts

           

          because you disabled hyphenation. Surely you agree this is uglier?

          See http://indesignsecrets.com/the-importance-of-paragraph-composition.php for a longer discussion.

           

          You can disable this smart paragraph composing by selecting the Single Line Composer in your paragraph style settings. This will do what you *asked*, which is not necessary equal to what you *want* -- a good-looking text.

           

          imjoebaker wrote:

          I know this is the case for when I tick "Hyphenate" not only do some words hyphenate, but a few of the smaller words that are annoyingly breaking too soon, suddenly pop up a line and become more justified.

           

           

          The minimum length of words to hyphenate, and the minimal number of characters before and after a hyphen, can all be changed in the Hyphenation settings.

          • 2. Re: How to perfectly align text in collumns.
            imjoebaker Level 1

            Thank you for that. That makes perfect sense, not sure why I didn't think of that. I believe hypenating would be my better option but it has been requested for it not be used ((The horror))

             

            I had a juggle with both settings and I see the pro's & con's...

            • 3. Re: How to perfectly align text in collumns.
              [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

              If there are only a few occurrences of 'bad' space left over, you don't have to enable hyphenation for your entire document. You can manually insert soft hyphens, and InDesign will happily *ignore* the No Hyphenation setting ( !) and use them when it can find a better line break.

               

              For example, allowing "accomodations" to break on "accomo-", breaks better:

               

              to play a significant role in the NCS

              programme - providing accomo-

              dations to groups as part of their

              course. Other financial cuts [...]

               

              Try this on the first paragraph under the heading "Economics". If you are lucky, you can get rid of its unsightly last line "09." as well.

              • 4. Re: How to perfectly align text in collumns.
                allisonblake Level 1

                If I may give some unsolicited advice for making this document look "as crisp as possible":

                Consider aligning your body text to a baseline grid so your text will align across columns.

                This link has some good tips for working with a baseline grid:

                http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=715532&seqNum=5