Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Body text alignment, part of InDesign: Elements of a Layout.
- [Voiceover] In this step, I'll determine the alignment…and hyphenation and justification settings…of my body text.…When it comes to body text alignment,…there are two practical choices:…justified, with a smooth margin on the right side…of the text frame,…and left, or ragged as it's sometimes known,…where the line lengths vary.…Either is a valid choice.…Each presents certain challenges.…Ultimately, it's a matter of where the extra space goes.…
With left-aligned text,…the extra space is at the end of the line,…and the challenge is to create an even rag…without dramatically different line lengths.…With justified type,…the spaces vary between the words,…and the challenge is to ensure that this variation…is as imperceptible as possible.…For best results,…we need to adjust the hyphenation…and justification settings.…In this example, we have two columns of justified text,…with the red highlighting indicating…the size of the word spaces.…
On the left, we see the default justification settings.…And on the right, my preferred settings,…
Graphic designer Nigel French shows how to create a magazine layout using a modular approach that improves the ongoing usability of the document template and the appearance of the resulting designs. In this course, Nigel uses a magazine layout to explain the purpose of each layout element and to demonstrate the use of InDesign features. He explores text elements, picture elements, and page elements. He demonstrates how to set up a document and how to format logically with Styles, Layers, and CC Libraries.
- Setting up a template
- Using Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Object Styles
- Working with picture treatments
- Establishing hierarchy
- Incorporating white space into a layout
- Using CC Libraries