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Hello dear Typophiles,
This is my first post, after sneaking around for a long time , I think it is finally my turn to ask.
I am working on a magazine project, whatever I did, I couldn't come up with a nice charming justification setting. I've inspected other magazine designs online and on press, and I've realized that designer has to sacrifice a part while saving other parts in justification, like to keep the letter spacing and glyph scaling on reasonable levels (or not using at all), usually word space is sacrificed excessively.
I've spent nearly two of my weeks just measuring many possibilities. Before I go nuts, I've decided to consult you people out there about some things.
About my design, here are the key points of my design that I've learnt here what affects justification:
Column width is 156.882pt
Font is Minion Pro (10pt) / -10 Tracking
Type of magazine is Economy (long words are common)
Justification settings: Word S.:80/133, Letter S.:-3/+3 , glyph scaling: 98/102, Adobe Paragraph Composer
What I want to do is to keep minimum word space on reasonable levels on a real basis of between 90% and 100%, as I don't want too close words one near another, loose lines would be okay to make a sacrifice for now. Also I don't know if I can explain but when I look at a column, I want to be able to pick words when I look at a column, when I seek my eyes across columns I want them to be pick-able, noticeable, I don't want them to get lost in column crowd, I don't know how you guys call this phenomena.
So when I alter the settings, for example between 80% and 99%, there is not really a big difference at all, til I make it 100%, then it gives me what I want. There's a huge difference between 99% and 100%, 99% is not "99%" at all. I also realized that letter spacing and glyph scaling changes the word spacing, regardless of word spacing preferences, not even mentioning hyphenation settings now, so everything is messed up for me. I have really started to doubt about the practicability of indesign's justification algorithm, sometimes it is just so out of proportions.
I really would love some example justification settings as start that I can stay sane with Minion Pro I guess.Thanks already for your kind responses.
Screenshot of some too close word spacing I work on (justification settings are same as above) : http://tinyurl.com/83ny64l