Mastering Justification In Adobe InDesign CC
hi there in this video, we're going to look at justification okay, where it goes right to the edge, we're going to look at what happens when you get these kind of like long gaps and rivers of holes in the text. Okay. And kind of tidy them up, something like this. And what we'll also do is I'll show you how to turn on some visual guides like this so that in design can show you using its yellow highlighter, what it feels is really bad justification and you can go and make adjustments as necessary. Alright, let's go and learn how to do that now and in design. Alright, so playing justification is pretty easy. I'm gonna grab my black arrow, click on this whole text box here on page four, grab my type tool and I'm going to switch from character down to paragraph and you've got these options down the bottom here. So you want this kind of like first one here justify with last line left, otherwise it kind of stretches out the last lines and it goes a bit crazy. So you want this kind of first ju...
stification option. Now in terms of getting a bit more pro about justification, there's a couple of things you can do, one is with this text box selected and the type tool is I don't like the cold rivers, right? You can see a big one there, that kind of, there's just a gap that's opened up because it really wants to justify and you end up with these kind of like big gaps everywhere. So there's a couple little things you can do. I don't really like justification that looks good in terms of a block of text on the page, but I find in terms of readability, I don't like it, but you might just a personal preference. Okay, so with the text box selected, grab the type tool, what we're gonna do is over here on our hamburger menu, okay. We're going to cook on this and go into justification and get a bit nerdy about it. Okay. There's not much you can do, but I find the best thing we can do to kind of avoid these kind of rivers here is to play a role and letter spacing. Now some people want gasp at adjusting the space between letters, okay. Or the turning, but I'm okay with it. So I like to say actually you can increase or decrease the letter spacing by -5% there and plus 5% here. Okay. And if I click out and watch this, if I turn the preview on and off. Okay, so that's it with my little settings done and I find like the rivers disappear. You do though, get, can you see some of these words are just a bit tighter together? And it depends on whether you can live with that or not. So you just, it depends on which problem you want, I guess do you want their words to be a little bit tightened together or do you want the words to have like gaps and rivers between them both are bad, but it's, I guess depending on what you want to do now, it depends on the size of your font as well. In your text, you can play around with letter spacing of maybe minus two or minus 10 up to 10 up to you play around with letter spacing. I find you can get a little bit of magic happening there. The other thing to do is just make sure that when you are justifying you use the paragraph composer, we looked at that a little earlier. Remember single line composer will deal with everything line by line and what you'll find is that it can look a bit weird in one place and look great in another. Whereas if it's on paragraph composer, it kind of balances the entire paragraph and there's a little give and take between the lines. Another thing you can do if you're justifying and you get a bit blind to it. After a while, you're just looking at the justification trying to find the gaps and it gets a bit weird. There's a nice little kind of visual cue you can use from in design to show you if there's any bad rivers or just kind of like bad spacing going on and you can do it up into your preferences, some member on a pc, it's under edit, then come down to preferences and we're going to go down to H and J. We're gonna go to composition, whereas if their composition. Okay. And in here we're gonna turn on this one called H and J violations. Okay. And all it means is the J in here is justification in the Hs hyphenation. We haven't covered hyphenation yet, but violations just means anything that it thinks is a bit weird. Now I've turned it on and I can't see anything. It's because I'm in preview mode, so I'm gonna have my black arrow selected and tap W and you can see in here it's kind of highlighted the words that it thinks have gone bad or at least have some really obvious spacing in them. Now we're using quite a large fonts that some of these gaps are quite big so that H and J violation just kind of shows you visually where things are being changed quite a bit. This line here. Perfect. This line here is it it's a light yellow, so it's only had a light change where some of these ones here have had big changes. So they've opened up and they've opened up the gaps in here. So there's quite a bit going on that just helps you say, okay, that's just a visual cue to help you see where there might be problems. Okay, you can go back into your justification settings and play around with them to try and get the dark yellows down as far as you can. Now, you probably don't want this on by default. Okay? So it'll be on all the time. Now. We're gonna go back into preferences, turn it off and then move into our next video. So preferences, composition, let's turn H and J violations off. Okay? And the L. Ernest goes away alright, on to the next video.