Using first-line indents


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Using first-line indents

We're going to kickoff this chapter about indents and spacing, talking about the first-line indent. The first-line indent may seem like a rather trivial and very humble thing, and it is humble, but it is very important. The first-line indent is what is going allow us to differentiate one paragraph from another. And if I insert my type cursor into this text, we can see that I have applied a first-line indent amount of 9 points. 9 points in this context is 1 em space, and that's because the size of my type is 9 points.

You can make your first-line indents bigger if you wish, although I don't think they need to be much bigger than this. Another standard might be making them the size of your leading amount, in this case, that would be 10 points. If you make your indents excessively big, then this sort of problem may occur where the last line of one paragraph ends before the first-line of the next, opening up a very unfortunate space between these paragraphs. First-line indents are not the only...

Using first-line indents
Video duration: 2m 26s 9h 7m Intermediate Updated Nov 12, 2014

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Using first-line indents provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Nigel French as part of the InDesign Typography (2012)

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