How to Use InDesign's Paragraph and Single-Line Composers


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Understanding the Paragraph Composer and Single-line Composer

Here we have a comparison of the Single Line Composer on the left and the Paragraph Composer on the right. These are features that we don't really interact with too much. We have them set up in the Justification settings, and then we leave them like that. They determine how the paragraph is composed, i.e., how InDesign figures out where to put the spacing so that it makes the spacing look as even as possible. And with the Single Line Composer, which is the old way of doing things, what happens is the Single Line Composer will-- as its name suggests--look on each line and figure out how it can best distribute the spacing on that line.

The Paragraph Composer, on the other hand, looks within the whole paragraph, so it both looks above the line that you're working on and below the line that you're working on. And theoretically, because it has a wider range over which to distribute the spacing, the result should be a better spaced text. I have to say that when you compare the results, often y...

Understanding the Paragraph Composer and Single-line Composer
Video duration: 3m 44s 9h 7m Intermediate Updated Nov 12, 2014

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Understanding the Paragraph Composer and Single-line Composer provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the InDesign Typography (2012)

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Design
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