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Advanced Text Techniques in InDesign

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In this excerpt from InDesign: Visual QuickStart Guide by Sandee Cohen, you'll find step-by-step instructions for hanging punctuation, using multiline composition, and working with paragraph rules - techniques that separate amateurs from pros.

This article was excerpted from Chapter 10 of InDesign 1.0/1.5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Sandee Cohen.

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The one thing that truly separates the amateurs from the experts in page layout is the control they take over the look of text. The amateurs are pleased if they can apply simple styles such as fonts, sizes, kerning, tracking, and so on.

The experts, though, want more from a page-layout program. They want sophisticated control over the kerning. This includes moving one character in so that it tucks under the stroke of another.

They want to control how lines are justified within a text frame. This means that if one line is too tightly spaced and the next is too loose, the program reapportions the space between the two lines.

They also want to add sophisticated text effects, such as automatic rules after the paragraphs. And they want total control over how text wraps around images.

These are advanced text effects. Once you apply these features to your documents, you move from the ordinary designer to the typographer.

In this excerpt, you'll find step-by-step instructions for:

  • Hanging punctuation

  • Using multiline composition

  • Working with paragraph rules

Chapter 10 of InDesign for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide covers these topics, plus:

  • Applying justification controls

  • Controlling hyphenation

  • Keeping lines of text together

  • Wrapping text

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