In this video, you'll learn how to improve readability by breaking heads and subheads for sense.
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- [Voiceover] Here are two tips…for shaping headlines and display text…to make them read better.…I'll zoom in, Cmd + Spacebar,…click and drag.…Firstly, balance ragged lines.…Balance ragged lines is an option…that can be included in a paragraph style.…I like to include it in all my heading and subhead styles.…And it attempts to give you lines of equal length.…So if I now come to my chapter title style…and edit that by right-clicking on it…or Control + clicking with a single button mouse…and then come to indents and spacing…this is the option right here.…
I just check that…and we see that's the result that we get.…That is a starting point,…but balance ragged lines won't always break the line…where you might like.…And by the way, just before I move onto the next point,…you can apply that on a case by case basis…on a local basis from the control panel menu,…balance ragged lines.…So it doesn't always get it right,…but more than 50% of the time it does…and that's time saving.…And we just need to come in…and fix the times when it doesn't.…
Author and designer Nigel French explains how to set up an "editorial workspace" that puts the tools you need most at close reach. He then moves on to selecting and editing text in InDesign: changing case, adding special characters, formatting lists, and inserting breaks. He also shows how to use the Story Editor, Notes, and the Track Changes feature, and explains how InDesign documents are constructed, so that you can edit them with more confidence.
- Opening and saving InDesign documents
- Creating an editorial workspace
- Using guides and nonprinting visual aids
- Selecting and editing text
- Changing case
- Accessing special characters
- Working with bulleted and numbered lists
- Checking spelling
- Working with Notes and Track Changes
- Understanding the underlying structure of an InDesign file
- Controlling text breaks