The art of typography focuses on the characteristics of a typeface, the shapes of the individual characters, and the aesthetics of a particular font. Text composition deals with how fonts are arranged on the page. It involves manipulating text placement and altering the visual appearance of the text.
Do each of these text composition tasks, as required. Where available, find tutorials and related resources for further study on each task. Items marked with an * are not yet in lesson/tutorial format but do provide informational resources on each task.
Margins and columns or grids confine text to certain portions of the page. Fitting or wrapping text around graphic elements and other blocks of text changes the flow of the text. How text and other elements line up with each other affects the overall appearance of the page.
Line Length (formulas)
Text Alignment (centered)
Text Alignment (ragged right and fully-justified)
- Style: Size/Contrast/Emphasis
The relative size of one portion of text to another or the font size and style relative to the dimensions of the page creates contrast, affects readability, and contributes to the look and feel of the composition.
Type Size with Line Length
Altering the amount of space between characters, words, lines of text, and blocks of text can help in fitting more text on the page, making pages visually lighter or heavier, and improving readability.
Leading (line spacing)
Kerning/Tracking (character spacing)
Line Endings/Hyphenation (widows/orphans)
Spacing After Punctuation
Initial caps, hanging punctuation, bullets, and printers ornaments or dingbats use typography to add visual interest.
Bullet and Numbered Lists
After completing text acquisition and text composition, the next phase in creating a desktop publishing document is image acquisition and preparation. Working with images may also occur during the text composition phase as their placement can affect the alignment and flow of text.
Next Phase > Images
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