Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Body text indentation and spacing, part of InDesign: Elements of a Layout.
- [Voiceover] To signal to the reader…a new paragraph or thought,…we need to differentiate our paragraphs of body text.…This is done with first line indents…or spaces between the paragraphs.…Use one method, not both.…For feature articles, first line indents…are more commonly used.…Note that the indent is omitted…at the start of a new section…or when the body text follows a subhead.…Paragraph spacing is often favored…for instructional text…or question and answer articles.…
Occasionally, neither indent…nor paragraph spacing is used.…This works so long as the paragraphs…are differentiated in some way,…in color, for example.…In the layout in progress,…I'll add first line indents to the body text.…If I come to my paragraph formats,…note that my unit of measurement…is in points so that I can better equate…my measurements to the size of my type.…Personally, I find it easier this way,…but if you want to change your unit of measurement,…you can right-click where the rulers intersect…and change it right there.…
So I'm going to come and edit the body text style.…
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