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Align To Baseline

Apps Used: Adobe InDesign

The baseline grid represents the leading for body text in a document. You can use multiples of this leading value for all elements of the page to ensure that text always lines up between columns and from page to page.

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Aligning the text to the baseline is a common practice for multi-column page designs, like magazines. It makes the text baselines align across columns. So, if you put a ruler on the page at the baseline, they would all line up across columns. This makes for a much cleaner look.

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You need to know your leading size to start with. Go to Preferences > Grids, then change the Increment Every number to match your leading value. Once that’s done, go to Indents and Spacing in your paragraph style. Set Align to Grid to All Lines.

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