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January '17

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54 a-e-mag.com • A&E JANUARY 2017 by Jim Sadler CORELDRAW FROM A TO E LINES AND PARAGRAPHS The Paragraph Text tool is your tool of choice when- ever multiple paragraphs appear on a page. Simply choose the tool and click and drag to form a box in which the multiple paragraphs will appear. The text in these boxes can be changed universally by selecting the entire text or by selecting specific text. The box not only keeps the paragraphs aligned, but it can hold more text than can be seen within the box, can be linked to other text boxes to allow the hidden text to flow from one box to another, and it allows the text to wrap to fit as the box dimensions are adjusted in size. There are convenient tools built into the Paragraph Text frames that help make this linking of text boxes easy to do on the fly. (fig 1) The Paragraph tab of the Text dialogue box or docker also controls the amount of space that appears between lines and paragraphs. When a paragraph is selected, increasing or decreasing the amount in the Line box will increase or decrease the distance between lines in the paragraph. To increase or decrease the amount of space before or after a paragraph, increase or decrease the amount in the Before Paragraph or After Paragraph boxes. (fig 2) The space between lines in a paragraph is called Leading, a term harkening back to the days of metal type. How much or how little leading to use depends on several factors including the font, font size, and the line length or column width. Since the viewer is con- centrating on content, the goal is to make the reading as distraction free as possible. Lines that have too little space between them after considering all of the above factors feel cramped and uncomfortable to read, perhaps even causing the reader to jump ahead a line. Lines that are spaced too far apart feel disconnected with the jump to the next line being too great, causing a break in the reading flow. Lines that are well spaced given the specific circumstances feel comfortable to read. (fig 3) Normally, when there is a lot of related text, there is no need to increase the amount of space between para- Hands-On Fonting in Corel —The Sequel ALL IMAGES COURTESY JIM SADLER I n the last issue, I demonstrated how to use CorelDraw to arrange letters to form words and explored some of the tools used in making that happen. Now it's on to lines, paragraphs and the whole page. The tools for working with fonts are all there in Corel. It's a matter of understanding what you are trying to do and letting the tools help you achieve that in an efficient manner.

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