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InQuestion: Space Before and After, Image Captions, Cascading Master Pages

InDesign Magazine issue 134: InDesign and AcrobatThis article appeared in Issue 134 of InDesign Magazine.

Erica Gamet highlights the best Q&A from the incredible InDesignSecrets Facebook group.

Our online communities on Facebook and LinkedIn are full of passionate InDesign users, at all different levels of proficiency. But no matter how long we’ve been using the program, there are always those questions that stump us. Luckily, our groups are full of helpful InDesigners who always bring unique solutions to the table.

In this Q&A column, I’ve collected several excellent questions and responses, and distilled them for you. Note that the discussions have been edited for brevity and clarity.

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Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 30 years. She is a speaker, writer, trainer, and content creator focusing on the Adobe InDesign ecosystem, Apple Keynote, and varied production topics. She is a regular presence at CreativePro Week’s InDesign Conference, and speaks frequently at Canada’s ebookcraft and Making Design in Oslo, Norway. When she isn’t at her computer…oh, let’s be honest, she’s always at her computer.
  • Terry Clifton says:

    I have been laying out books for 25 years and I was always taught that space below was normally to be avoided. Not sure where this space after advice came from? The recent addition of “space between paragraphs of same style” makes space below redundant in most cases as far as I can see. Just my opinion of course. If space after works for you…go with it.

  • Donna Pursley says:

    Great tip about the subhead space before.
    I just finished a newsletter with story text imported from Word docs. I have been using ‘space after’ for most paragraph styles but ‘apace before’ makes more sense for the subheads.
    I did have an issue with an anchored object (graphic) not flowing as I wanted. The story was set up in a working document with long columns and then pasted into the real 2-column layout. The anchored object wound up at the top of the second column and I wanted to change the paragraph style to increase font size and leading to fill up both columns more. As I increased the leading, the object stayed stuck at the top until it disappeared off the page. I ended up putting a column break in column 1 to force some lines to go above object in column 2. Changing space above or below did not seem to effect this.

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