Designing a Restaurant Menu
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Adjusting spacing between paragraphs


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Designing a Restaurant Menu

with Nigel French

Video: Adjusting spacing between paragraphs

So we have a couple of styles defined and applied, which at least make sure that the relevant text is in the relevant column, and on the relevant page, but our text doesn't yet have any shape to it, and that's what we need to do in this movie. It's going to involve creating some styles, making a few exceptions here and there, but what we're going to end up with is text that looks clearly ordered, and there is a well established hierarchy. Before I do that, there was a thing that I missed in the previous movie. Actually, there were two small things. One is that on this third page, there is another section right there that needs to have this section applied to it, which of course means that the section that was formerly on page 4 now becomes overset text.

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In this course, author Nigel French shows how to create a cost-effective, elegantly styled restaurant menu with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. The course develops three menu designs: folder, four-panel card, and single-page, exploring the design considerations for each, such as size, folding, typeface, and paper stock. The course also sheds light on incorporating logos, choosing appropriate color schemes, and producing menus online and in print.

Topics include:
  • Adding text and design elements
  • Adding texture with a Photoshop brush
  • Creating a proof
  • Adding stylized headers
  • Designing menu inserts
  • Placing and cleaning up text
  • Creating a template
  • Adding a textured background
  • Preparing a menu for print
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Nigel French

Adjusting spacing between paragraphs

So we have a couple of styles defined and applied, which at least make sure that the relevant text is in the relevant column, and on the relevant page, but our text doesn't yet have any shape to it, and that's what we need to do in this movie. It's going to involve creating some styles, making a few exceptions here and there, but what we're going to end up with is text that looks clearly ordered, and there is a well established hierarchy. Before I do that, there was a thing that I missed in the previous movie. Actually, there were two small things. One is that on this third page, there is another section right there that needs to have this section applied to it, which of course means that the section that was formerly on page 4 now becomes overset text.

I'm going to address that by flowing that text onto the pasteboard, clicking into that style, and making an exception of it. So I'm going to go to Keep Options, where I'll set the Start paragraph to Anywhere, which brings it back onto page 4, and I'm now going to add some spacing before it. I'm going to change the unit of measurement here to Points, and then come to my space before, where I will add two line spaces. I'm working in blocks of 13, because that's my leading value, so 26 points of space before.

Then down in the bottom, we have opening times, and address, which doesn't belong right here. I'm going to cut that from the menu text, and for now just put it on the pasteboard. Ultimately, that information will go on the folder. So back to the beginning, and I have the times, and I want to just differentiate these in a way; the times that these meals are served. I'd like to add a half line space before, 6.5, and one line space after, 13.

I am then going to create a paragraph style based upon that, which I'll call times, and then I'll move to other instances of that category of paragraph, and apply the style to them. Okay, back to the beginning. As you get familiar with this text, you'll notice that some of the menu items exist on their own line, and have a separate paragraph of description and price afterwards, and some of the menu items are just a single line long, with the price on the same line.

For those that exist on their own line, I'm going to create a new paragraph style/ There is going to be some nipping and tucking going on here, and that's just the nature of the beast. But I'm to come into this example, Full English, and select that paragraph, and then change the font style to Bold, and in the paragraph formats, I'm going to add 13 points of space before that. So then I'm going to create a paragraph style based on that, which I will call item space, and I'm going to apply that wherever I feel it is appropriate.

Now, when we apply it to menu items that are a single line, it's going to mean that the price ends up being bold, which is okay for now. I don't want the price in bold, and that's something I'm going to fix in a separate step, but I'm going to live with it for now. So basically anything that is a description of the paragraph that precedes it does not get this style applied to it, and everything else does. Okay, that leaves us in this position where our text now has some shape and structure.

We have too much boldface going on. That's something that we're going to fix in the next movie with the use of a nested style.

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