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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.
Our text has come a long way, but there's still room for improvement here. I think, upon reflection, that I would like to increase the point size from 10 point to 11 point. We do have a lot of space to work with, so let's make it a little bit bigger. So I'm going to go to my Paragraph Styles, and I am going to edit my item style. Now you notice, I have three item styles; item space, and item sandwich are both based on item, so when I edit this, those other two will also change. And I'm going to up my point size to 11 point.
There is something else that I want to do while I'm here, but to really show you the nature of the problem, I'm going to leave here, first of all, and just point out where it's not really working, and where we need to address some issue. You'll notice that Eggs on toast, for example; I've got one long line, and one short line. I want to balance my ragged lines, and I suspect there are more instances like that. This paragraph here, with veggies, etcetera, lovely to share. I want two lines of roughly similar length, rather than one long and one short line.
This is going to come from me editing that same paragraph style, and in Indents and Spacing, choosing Balance Ragged Lines. Now, Balance Ragged Lines by itself is not a complete solution. It does make things better, but it's not going to know exactly how you want to break your lines. So in addition to that, we are going to need to add some manual line breaks. Let's start at the beginning, and just work our way through. Actually, everything there looking pretty good; I'm going to turn off my guides for a moment by pressing W. Here is a case in point: Eggs on toast.
I want to carry everything to the right of the open bracket down to the next line. so I'm going to put my cursor in the paragraph at that position, and press Shift+Return. Okay, another case in point; Marie Rose sauce. I don't want those two words split. Now in this case, I don't want them ever to be split. So rather than add a line break, I'm going to come up to my control panel, and choose No Break, and that's going to keep those two words together as a phrase that can't be broken by a line break.
Roasted veggies; I think I'd like to do the same there. This time I'm going to do it with a line break; Shift+Return. I just want to make sure that we've got no product names or phrases being broken across a line break when it's avoidable, and that all looks good. So I'd say right now our text is good to go.
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