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Chapter 4. Getting the Lead Out LEADING (PRONOUNCED "LEDDING") is the space between the lines of type. In the days of hot metal typesetting this space was created by inserting thin strips of lead between the lines. " Leading plays a big part in the readability of your text. All body text is made more readable by a positive amount of leading (a leading value greater than the point size of the type). Headlines and display type, on the other hand, may benefit from negative leading (a leading value less than the point size of the type).

Auto Leading is useful when experimenting with type sizes, but when you decide upon the size you need be sure to convert your leading values to an absolute number, even if the Auto Leading value is the same as that number. 11B. Auto Leading applied to a headline (A). While Auto Leading works adequately for the body text, in the headline it is disproportionately large (B). [View full size image] 58 Part I: Character Formats Part I: Character Formats 59 Auto Leading and Inline Graphics Auto Leading is useful when using inline graphicspicture frames that have been pasted into a text frame, usually on their own line, and move with the flow of text.

If you are using bold weights for emphasis in body text, do so sparingly. Bold text can attract too much attention, breaking up the continuity of your text. 19. Different ways to add emphasis. 5pt to sit behind the type), and using color. 44 Part I: Character Formats Part I: Character Formats 45 Small Caps Small caps have the following uses: • For acronyms and abbreviations. Because small caps are smaller than full size capsslightly larger than the x-heightthey are less obtrusive and do not overwhelm the upper and lower case type as full size capitals would.

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