fixing widows/orphans/rags in illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by nicrose, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. nicrose macrumors member

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    is this possible in illustrator?? i can't find it in the help menu or internet.

    nicrose
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    You'll have to do them manually with some help from the Justification and Hyphenation settings in the Paragraph palette's options (top right little triangle).

    Using Illustrator for page-layout and industrial level type-wrangling is using the wrong tool... InDesign and QuarkXpress are more suited to this kind of work.
     
  3. nicrose thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, blue velvet

    i just decided to tighten the tracking on a paragraph with a widow. i really don't know how to use justification settings yet, and it (justification) scares me. i don't want those icky gaps between words. not that i even tried justification yet...:)
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    That's where word-spacing comes in i.e. as part of justification and hyphenation (H&Js).

    Nice, even-coloured and balanced type is often a compromise between hyphenation and justification settings and also doing some underhanded but subtle work with soft returns, word-spacing, letter-spacing — and even horizontal-scaling of 99% as a last resort — to force paragraphs or stray widows and orphans back to a previous column or line. I've even asked people occasionally to alter a word here or there to fit copy into small spaces...

    Things to avoid: changing the leading in specific places to fit copy, over-tight tracking.
     

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