The purpose of the first line indent and how big it should be. Include indent alternatives
- [Voiceover] I'd like to begin this chapter on indents…with the humble first line indent.…The first line indent plays a crucial role…in the readability of text, alerting the reader…that one paragraph is ended and a new one is about to begin.…First line indents also provide a visual pause…and the necessary white space to what otherwise…might look like a forbidding block of type.…This is what Jan Tschichold, one of the most…influential typographers of the 20th century,…had to say on the topic of first line indents:…"Typesetting without indentation makes it difficult…for the reader to comprehend what has been printed,…and that is its most important disadvantage.…
While blunt beginnings seem to create…a uniform and consistent impression…when compared to normal typesetting,…this impression is paid for…with a serious loss of comprehension."…There's no hard and fast rule…regarding the size of first line indents,…but one m space, or the size of your type,…perhaps a bit bigger, if the typeface has a large x height,…is a good starting point.…
To get the most from this course, make sure to watch InDesign Typography Part 1.
- Text flow and text threading
- Placeholders and text frames
- Type alignment
- Indents, insets, and spacing
- Bullet and numbered lists
- Text wrap
- Formatting with styles
- Hyphenation and line breaks
- Combining typefaces
- White space and grids
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Text Flow
3. Indents, Insets, and Spacing
4. Typical Formatting Scenarios
5. Global Formatting with Styles
6. Controlling Text
7. Design Considerations
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