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Create hanging indents for visually appealing itemized lists

Added on Friday 19th of March 2010 06:00 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

In the article titled “Command type control using the Character and Paragraph panels,” found in this issue, we detailed how to format and control text in Photoshop. You can do more than just change the text attributes and leading, however. Let’s explore itemized lists.

When you create an itemized list, you’ll want to mark each item with a special character, such as a bullet. If all the lines of type have the same indent values as the bullets, however, the list loses its effectiveness. It’s easier to identify each paragraph when you indent the paragraphs farther than the bullets, as shown in Figure A. Not to mention it just looks better that way.

The term for setting a different indent value for the left margin than for the first line is a hanging indent. And, while Photoshop isn’t a typographical powerhouse, it does allow you to create hanging indents for your text.



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