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Chapter 19. Type and Background Effects > Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring

Ben's Techno-Babble Decoder Ring

Baseline: The invisible rule that a line of text sits on. Letters that drop below the baseline (such as lowercase j, g, q, and y) are known as descenders.

Leading: The line spacing of a paragraph of text measured from one baseline to the next. It's named after the strips of lead that were used to increase line spacing in hot metal typography. In order to make sure the lines of text don't overlap, you'll usually want to use a leading setting larger than the point size of the text.


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