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InDesign has a number of preferences and settings that relate to leading, and that's the subject of this movie. The first is a preference that applies the leading value to the entire paragraph, and the rationale for this is so that you don't end up with inconsistent leading values within a paragraph. So currently the preference is turned off, and if I select a line of type in this paragraph to the right, and then increase that leading value, you can see that I now have inconsistent leading within that paragraph.
I'm now going to undo that. I will just select the whole paragraph, and return that to 12 point leading, and now come to my Preferences > Type. Here's the preference that we're referring to; Apply Leading to Entire Paragraphs. Now I will do essentially the same thing, and you'll see that the leading value now applies to the entire paragraph. The second option is one that I've already made referenced to. It's in the Units & Increments. Let's just jump to the Preferences; Command+K or Control+K, Units & Increments, and it's this one right here.
I currently have it set at half a point. Let's change that to 1 point, which is my preferred amount. So now when I select a paragraph, and I use the keyboard shortcut Option or Alt+down arrow to loosen the leading, and Option or Alt+up arrow to tighten the leading, we are going in 1 point increments. The next preference is one that frankly doesn't come up too often. It is Skip by Leading. Let me just show you where this is. In Preferences > Composition > Skip by Leading.
So what do we mean by that? Firstly, let's leave it off, and I'm now just going to jump to the next page, where I have this example set up. So where I'm working with multicolumn text, and I have an image or a shape that has a text wrap on it, you can see at the moment, this is causing inconsistent leading after the text wrap. If we zoom in down here, we can see that that's knocked off the cross alignment of my baselines. So if I were to now set that preference to Skip by Leading, we can see that's going to knock the line after the text wrap object down to the next leading increment.
Well, that sounds like a good idea, but frankly, there are much better ways to achieve this effect. Definitely desirable to keep the leading consistent after any image that may be placed within the text flow, but there are much better ways of achieving it, and the better way is to use a baseline grid, practically making that preference irrelevant. One other thing, since we're on the subject of baseline grids, and that is that they have an effect on your leading value. If you are aligning to a baseline grid -- and we'll be having much more information about those in upcoming movies -- then your baseline grid increment will trump your leading.
Here is what I mean by that. I have my type on 12 point leading, and if we look at my paragraph formats, we can see that this is aligned to the baseline grid. I'm now just going to jump to my Preferences, and my Grids, and we see that my grid increment is 12. So that means that if I change my leading value even ever so slightly, let's say I go to 13 point leading, then effectively, I've gone to 24 point leading. I jump to the next grid increment.
So the baseline grid increment will always trump your leading. It's always a good idea to have your leading value in sync with your baseline grid increment, but it is the baseline grid increment that takes precedence. Just one other thing, and I've mentioned it before, but I'll mention it again; it bears repeating, and that is that the default amount of your auto-leading, should you decide to use auto-leading, is 120%, and that value can be changed in the Justification dialog box right there.
So there we have some preferences and some settings that relate to how your leading behaves in InDesign.
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