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In the last movie, I created a page at a 3:4 Aspect Ratio and then set up a type area that was at the same aspect ratio. And the next decision I need to make is how many columns. So I am going to talk you through some of my thoughts on coming up with the number of columns. And the number of columns I'm going to use is 12 which seems like a lot, it is a lot, but the reason is that it gives me a lot of flexibility. Each of these different layouts is based upon a 12-column grid.
That's because 12 is divisible by 2, by 3, and by 4, as well as by 6. If I turn on my guides, we can see that in this first example, I am using 12 columns by having each major text column be 5 column widths wide, and then we have this supporting column which uses two column widths. So that's two fives plus a two. In the next example, I have a straightforward 3 column, and in the next example I have a 4 column. And in the next example I have a 7 column.
Wait, you may be thinking how is 12 divisible by 7? Well, of course it's not. For this, I used a different master page, set up with seven columns and the reasoning with seven columns is that so long as each of those columns is sufficiently wide that you have enough characters on each line--and I am pushing it a bit, I can see that--but as long as it's sufficiently wide, what you can do is have each of your major text columns be two column widths wide and then your caption column be a single column width wide.
And what's nice about that is it's a very effective way of enabling you to add in white space to your document, some breathing room for your eyes, and create much more interesting and dynamic layouts. So I am going to come to my work in progress here and then Margins and Columns, and I am going to say we will have 12. Now my Gutter space, I am going to leave at 1 pica, or 12 points. And remember, I said in the earlier movie that I plan on using a Leading value of 1 pica or 12 points, and I want my Gutter space that is going to define the vertical spaces in the document to be the same as my leading which is going to define the horizontal spaces in the document. So that's why I'm leaving that as is.
So in the next movie, I'm going to go through how we can divide our page up, not just vertically into columns, but horizontally into rows giving us grid fields that will enable us to make more informed design decisions about where we place the content on our pages.
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