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Library: Creative Design


Control the appearance of justified text for better text layout

Added on Wednesday 4th of February 2009 09:23 am EST


by Renée Dustman and Jim Whitcomb
Application > Adobe InDesign CS/CS2
Operating Systems > Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

For centuries, the first step in the layout process has always been laying out the text. In the past, a printer would choose a piece of type. Next, he'd line up each piece side by side to form a word, and then sentences. To justify his text, he'd go back and insert blank spacers in between his words. All this took a considerable amount of time and patience to do. But today, we can set type electronically using applications such as Adobe InDesign. Not only is it incredibly faster, but it enables us to format our text as we go. And, with the many functions found in InDesign's Paragraph palette, it's even easier to fine tune and improve the appearance of our justified text, as shown in FIGURE A.

Review the options of the Paragraph pallet
There are three sets of nine alignment options found in the Paragraph palette, as shown in FIGURE B. Let's take a look at what each set does.

The first set of three options enables you to align the lines of the text in your columns:
• ALIGN LEFT. This option sets lines of text in a column with a flush left margin and a ragged right margin.
• ALIGN CENTER. This option sets lines of text in a column with ragged left and right margins.
• ALIGN RIGHT. This option sets lines of text in a column with a ragged left margin and a flush right margin.

The second set of four options enables you to justify the lines of text in your columns, ...