Learn how InDesign's Paragraph Composer works and its implications for editors
- [Voiceover] A behind the scenes InDesign feature…that can cause editors confusion is the Paragraph Composer.…That is, until you understand its purpose.…I'll press W to turn on my guides,…and then zoom in and double-click…to make an insertion point into the text.…So the Paragraph Composer is especially useful…when working with justified text.…To achieve a smooth right edge to the text frame,…InDesign has to vary the spaces between the words.…
In doing so, the Paragraph Composer is looking…within the whole paragraph to determine…how to distribute the word spacing…as evenly as possible.…In practice, what this means is that if you edit…in the middle of a paragraph.…You can see there by adding in that text,…my word endings before the cursor…as well as those after the cursor are changing.…So this might be a problem if you're working…in a publishing environment where,…maybe a legal publishing environment,…where the word endings have been signed off.…
And then you wanna make sure that they don't change…with late stage edits.…
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
Skill Level Beginner
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1. The InDesign Environment
2. Editing Text
3. Editorial Panels and Features
4. How InDesign Documents Are Constructed
5. Controlling Text Breaks
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