Optical Margin Alignment In Adobe InDesign CC
Hi there in this video, we're going to look at optical margin alignment. Let's first figure out how to turn it on and off and we'll describe what it does. Then let's get a window and let's go down to type and tables and there's one there called story, this little story panel. Okay, just has this one little sitting in it. And what I'm going to do with my black arrow is click on this block of text here, this story and at the moment if I turn on my W key so I can see the columns, you can see nothing escapes the edges of this column. All the way down here and all the way down this side. Everything lines up okay. But visually I turn the W off, you can kind of see it kind of ducks in a little bit, even though technically it lines up perfectly visually. It doesn't quite that's what this does. So with its selected. If I turn it on and turn it off, can you see kind of just pushes out? Let's turn the W key back on, see the hyphens end up kind of poking out a little bit to the right. Same with th...
ese bullets here. Watch the bullets, I'll turn it on and off. Okay. You see the bullets just kind of hang out a little bit more and it just gives you a bit more of a visual lining up rather than a technical pixel by pixel one. Okay, so great for justified lines. It's also really good for say headings. Okay, let's say that be doesn't really work If I use a W or a Y or a V. Anything that has this kind of like big, see this big negative space here. Okay. Kind of visually technically kind of lines up but it does, it ends up with this big kind of like I don't know gap here. So with that selected, I'm going to turn my optical marginal Hyman on and you can see the white hangs out quite a bit. Now. Now, what you might have to do depending on the size of your text, you might have to increase this up and down to get a kind of more a stronger feel. Okay, so if you go quite low or quite high, it will change depending on the font size of you. So try and match the font size is about 90. So I've cranked mine all the way up to 72 And down the bottom here with it on, it should be about 12 or whatever. You've got your body copy font to. It also works great for things like quotations. So you've got some pull quotes kind of around the place. If I add this quote here, you'll notice that if I zoom in. Okay, can you see the quote hangs off the edge as well? So wise, W. S. V. S quotation marks, bullets hyphens all kind of benefit by using this optical margin alignment and what you could do is you could just make it part of your body copy paragraph style, which will get included automatically if you use it. And it's just a simple thing to do if this kind of stuff worries you. If it doesn't don't worry about it and let's move on to the next video.