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Baseline Grid

In typography, the smallest change can make the biggest difference in a piece's impact. For example, look at a high-quality magazine page that has multiple columns. Chances are that each line of text has a common baseline with the text in the next column. Now look at a crummy newsletter. Place a rule across a page and you'll see lines of text all over the place. What's missing is an underlying grid. QuarkXPress's Baseline Grid feature lets you create a grid and lock each line of text to it. Nonetheless, while this is a powerful feature, I tend not to use it much; I'll explain why in a moment.

Each document has its own Baseline Grid setting, which is pervasive throughout every page. However, whether a block of text actually locks to that grid is determined on a paragraph level.


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