Letter Compositions, Continued
Centering letters, in both formal and informal page layouts, presents a
pleasing and easily understood hierarchy of information. Since the letters of
an alphabet vary in width, the location of the first and last letters of words
you want to center is difficult to project. There is more than one method for
centering letters on a page. One method of centering letters on a page is to
letter a piece of scratch paper, fold the paper in half to find the centerline
(CL), and transfer the letters to the original.
Figure 5-41 illustrates how to find the center of a lettered piece of scratch
Figure 5-41.Folded scrap
paper locates centerline.
Another method of centering letters on a page involves counting the number
of characters on a line and dividing them in half. Punctuation, lower case
l, and the letter i, in both upper and lower case, count only as ½ a letter
because they take up less space.
Figure 5-42 illustrates the counting method of centering words.
Figure 5-42.Counting characters to center words.
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