The Right Way to Use Text ColorsWritten by Rafael Van Dyke
Flyers, newsletters, brochures, ads, business cards, etc. are all made to be “pleasing to eye”; and one of best ways to accomplish that is to add color to your document. Using colors is a great way to make documents stand out and be noticed, particularly when it comes to text. At same time, these documents still need to look as professional as a black & white document. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure that text in your document isn’t overdone with color.
More Is Not Always Better If you use too many different colors in your document, it usually becomes something that is not easy to read or to even look at – which means that your audience will be lost. How many text colors is too many? Typically, you shouldn’t use anymore than 3 text colors for your whole document.
Color Schemes The important part of using text colors is choosing right combination of colors, called color scheme. The key is to select a solid main color and other colors that compliment it and don’t clash with it. When you use Microsoft Publisher, publication wizards give you a nice selection of color schemes to choose from and will apply them in right places in your publication. You can also go to The Color Schemer, select a main color from left, and it will give you a palette of colors to go with it on right.
Why Using Spaces To Line Up Text Is A Bad IdeaWritten by Rafael Van Dyke
With typewriters being almost a thing of past, you would think that typewriter mentality would go along with it. But old habits due die hard; and there’s one that makes me cringe every time I see it – lining up row of text with spacebar.
This worked very well with typewriters and even most word processors because you could count every character (including space) to be exactly same size. For example, let’s say you wanted to create 4 rows of text divided into three columns. You would start off by simply typing text you wanted in first column and then hit spacebar repeatedly until you got to where wanted next column of text, and repeat these steps for third column of text. For next 3 rows, you would press enter, type your first block of text and hit spacebar again until you were in same spot that previous 2nd column started, and same with 3rd column.
This technique stills works in today’s word processing programs, as long as you continue to use fixed width fonts like Courier or Courier New. There’s catch, you typically won’t use fixed width fonts to type your documents with. Instead, you’ll be using TrueType fonts like Times New Roman and Arial where each character size is different; therefore, old spacing technique will never work. Don’t be lazy and settle for jagged alignments; learn new and improved techniques to line up text.
Using Default Tab Stops The simple way to line text is to use default tab stops that are set with every new document (typically every half inch). You would use same technique as before, except you would hit tab key instead of spacebar. Using tab key actually gets you to your spot a lot faster and you don’t have worry about lining up text because tab stops are in exactly same place on every line.
Creating Your Own Tab Stops Creating tab stops in your document is not a new technique. You can actually create tab stops on a typewriter; but it was considered an advanced technique, so only expert typists used them. The concept is still new, but Microsoft Word makes a lot easier to create them. To create your own tab stops, simply click in bottom half of Ruler Bar where you want them each of them set. You’ll know it’s set when you see an “L” in ruler bar. After they’re all set, you only have to hit tab key once and it will automatically go next stop. If you need to make a change to any tab stop location, just click and drag “L” along ruler; you can also click and drag “L” off ruler to remove a tab stop.