Use Paragraph styles (Space before and Space after)
Thanks Derek, how do I set that up?
Have a look this marvellous video tutorial from Chad C, it will explain all. Just remember that Paragraph styles apply the style to the whole paragraph, if you want a word or words within a paragraph to be, say, italic or bold, you need to apply a Character styles to those.
Paragraph styles doesnt seem to work for me when you have two elements with different formatting.
I want to make the (distribute spacing) between the separate Header box to the Body copy box
the same, throughout my document.
I seem to have to manually remember the distribute spacing option (i.e. 0.125").
If my document has multiple different distribute spacing settings, how do I make them a style?
When I try it, it reformats both the header and the copy to be the same style (i.e. 10pt, light)
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The above answers are pointing you to paragraph spacing which can be added to a paragraph style, but you will need to have the paragraphs in the same frame. It sounds like you are asking about setting up Distribute Spacing from the Align panel as an object style, which isn't possible. I'm with Derek and SJReigel in that I think that handling this with a paragraph tag in a single frame (or threaded frames) is the way to go, but if you can't for some reason, you can at least set the default for Distribute Spacing.
Use the Selection tool to deselect everything in the document and then turn on the checkmark for Use Spacing. Enter in the desired value. Now when you need to distribute objects, select them and click the Distribute Vertical or Horizontal Space button directly above the checkmark. The .125" value will be applied.
@BarbBinder yes my question was in regards to the Distribute Spacing in the Align panel.
I like to have headers in their own text box, and body copy in it's own.
It would be great if you could save various Use Spacing figures.
There is a non-intuitive method for distributing all the paragraphs in a text frame so the first paragraph starts at the top and the last ends at the bottom, if that's what you are after. It will only work on unthreaded frames, or the last frame in a thread.
In the text frame options, set the vertical justification to Justified, then set the maximum paragraph space to something really large that you would never hit, like the page height, and all the space will be added between paragraphs.
It will only work on unthreaded frames, or the last frame in a thread.
thank you very much for that hint. Great!
I'm under the impression that this procedure is also working for threaded text frames if leading is set to "automatic".
But I'm not sure, if this condition is needed at all. Will do some additional tests on this.
From my German InDesign CS6 v8.1.0 :
To make sure that individual leading inside of the paragraphs is all the same, I placed some rectangles behind the text frames that are scaled by an integer number. In the example above I used 12 Pt / (14.4 Pt) for all my text and set the Distribute Space value to 300 mm which clearly exeeds the height of the text frames here.
"Vertikaler Keil" <=> "Distribute Spacing"
"Max. Absatzabstand" <=> "Maximum Distance between paragraphs"