Compositions containing only text present a different set of problems to the
DM. You should understand the impact of text and illustration in
compositions. Plan textural compositions as carefully as you plan pictorial
You should approach textural compositions using the guidelines for general
compositions; however, with text the eye moves most naturally from left to
right, up to down and ending in the lower-right corner of a page. Space,
around and within type, called white space, is as important as printed space.
Excessive white space fragments the visual impact of lettering.
control white space by setting margins, text justification, adding or
subtracting leading, and letterspacing.
Figure 1-28 are examples of manipulating white space.
Figure 1-28.Manipulating white space by setting text: A. Fully
justified; or B. Flush left ragged right.
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