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Working with Paragraph Composers and Tabs in Adobe InDesign CS6

Contents

  1. Setting tabs
  2. Adding a rule above a paragraph
  3. Exploring on your own

Article Description

This excerpt from Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book shows you how to apply the Adobe paragraph and single-line composers, set tabs, and add a rule above a paragraph.

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Adding a rule above a paragraph

Adding a rule above a paragraph

You can add a rule, or line, above or below a paragraph. The advantage to using rules rather than simply drawing a line is that rules can be applied with a paragraph style, and they travel with the paragraph when text reflows. For example, you might use both a rule above and rule below in a paragraph style for pull quotes.

Here you’ll add a rule above the author bio at the end of the story.

  1. Scroll to view the third column on the right-facing page, which contains the author bio.
  2. Using the Type tool (), click to place an insertion point in the author bio.
  3. Choose Paragraph Rules from the Paragraph panel menu.
  4. At the top of the Paragraph Rules dialog box, choose Rule Above from the menu, and select Rule On to activate the rule.
  5. Select the Preview option. Move the dialog box so that you can see the paragraph.
  6. In the Paragraph Rules dialog box, set these options:
    • From the Weight menu, choose 1 pt.
    • From the Color menu, choose the mustard-colored swatch (C=12 M=0 Y=79 K=6).
    • From the Width menu, choose Column.
    • In the Offset box, type p9.
  7. Click OK to apply the changes.
  8. A mustard yellow rule now appears above the author bio.

  9. To view your results:
    • Choose Edit > Deselect All.
    • Choose View > Fit Spread In Window.
    • Choose Preview from the Screen Mode menu () in the Application bar at the top of the screen.
    • Press the Tab key to hide all panels.
  10. Choose File > Save.

Congratulations, you have finished the lesson. To finalize this article, you would likely spend time with an editor or proofreader to fix any tight or loose lines, awkward line breaks, widows, and orphans.

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