Using the Paragraph Palette






Using the Paragraph Palette

Access the Paragraph palette by choosing Window®Type®Paragraph. In this palette are all the attributes that apply to an entire paragraph, including alignment and indents, which we discuss in this section, and also hyphenation, which we discuss later in this chapter. For instance, you can’t flush left one word in a paragraph. When you click the Flush Left button, the entire paragraph flushes left.

Alignment

You can choose any of the following alignment methods by choosing the appropriate button on the Paragraph palette:

  • Flush Left: All text is flush to the left with a ragged edge on the right. This is the most common way to align text.

  • Center: All text is centered.

  • Flush Right: All text is flush to the right and ragged on the left.

  • Justify with the Last Line Aligned Left: Right and left edges are both straight, with the last line left-aligned.

  • Justify with the Last Line Aligned Center: Right and left edges are both straight, with the last line centered.

  • Justify with the Last Line Aligned Right: Right and left edges are both straight, with the last line right-aligned.

  • Justify All Lines: This is what is called forced justification — the last line is stretched the entire column width, no matter how short it is. This alignment is used in many publications, but it can create some awful results.

Indents

You can choose from the following methods of indentation:

  • First Line Indent: Indents the first line of every paragraph. In other words, every time you press the Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac) key, this spacing is created.

    Tip 

    To avoid first line indents and space after occurring, say if you just want to break a line in a specific place, create a line break or soft return by pressing Shift+Enter (Windows) or Shift+Return (Mac).

  • Right Indent: Indents from the right side of the column of text.

  • Left Indent: Indents from the left side of the column of text.

Use the Eyedropper tool to copy the character, paragraph, fill, and stroke attributes by clicking on the type which dislays the attributes you want to copy. Then switch to the Paint Bucket tool (it’s hidden under the Eyedropper tool) or Alt+click (Windows) or Option+click (Mac) the type to which you want to apply the copied type attributes.

By default, the Eyedropper and Paint Bucket tools affect all attributes of a type selection, including appearance attributes. To customize the attributes affected by these tools, double-click the Eyedropper tool to open the Paint Bucket/Eyedropper dialog box.



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