I see this kind of text alignment (alternation of long line/short line over and over) in many books lately.

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I wonder if there is any way to achieve this with a combination of specific justification + hyphenation settings in InDesign? Does a specific line or paragraph composer exist for this? Or is every line break just manually done? (which seems like a crazy thing to do for hundreds-pages books...) Thanks for any help!

  • Nothing tricky really. Just add left indent in your paragraph styles. Justification is not relevant here, since the paragraph are... not justified ^^ – Vinny Feb 22 at 14:28
  • Hi @Vinny, thanks for your interest but what I meant really isn't about the indents on the left of a text block — I was actually wondering if there is a setting to automatically hyphenate/align things like that on the right side of the text block, so one line is long, next one is shorter, and so on. Hope it's clearer now! – Irene S Feb 26 at 7:55
  • Now I understand your question. It's a bit confusing that you are showing an example with those left indents. Anyway I don't think there is a simple answer to your question. None of the Hyphenation and Justification settings does this automatically. – Wolff Feb 27 at 12:40
  • Hey @Vinny, yes you are right, I may not have used the proper example! Thanks for the answer anyway. – Irene S Feb 28 at 13:15

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