The Right Way to Use Text Colors

Written by Rafael Van Dyke

Flyers, newsletters, brochures, ads, business cards, etc. are all made to be “pleasing torepparttar eye”; and one ofrepparttar 107874 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. Atrepparttar 107875 same time, these documents still need to look as professional as a black & white document. Follow these simple guidelines to make sure thatrepparttar 107876 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 choosingrepparttar 107877 right combination of colors, calledrepparttar 107878 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 inrepparttar 107879 right places in your publication. You can also go to The Color Schemer, select a main color fromrepparttar 107880 left, and it will give you a palette of colors to go with it onrepparttar 107881 right.

Why Using Spaces To Line Up Text Is A Bad Idea

Written by Rafael Van Dyke

With typewriters being almost a thing ofrepparttar past, you would think thatrepparttar 107873 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 withrepparttar 107874 spacebar.

This worked very well with typewriters and even most word processors because you could count every character (includingrepparttar 107875 space) to be exactlyrepparttar 107876 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 typingrepparttar 107877 text you wanted inrepparttar 107878 first column and then hitrepparttar 107879 spacebar repeatedly until you got to where wantedrepparttar 107880 next column of text, and repeat these steps forrepparttar 107881 third column of text. Forrepparttar 107882 next 3 rows, you would press enter, type your first block of text and hitrepparttar 107883 spacebar again until you were inrepparttar 107884 same spot thatrepparttar 107885 previous 2nd column started, andrepparttar 107886 same withrepparttar 107887 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’srepparttar 107888 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,repparttar 107889 old spacing technique will never work. Don’t be lazy and settle for jagged alignments; learnrepparttar 107890 new and improved techniques to line up text.

Usingrepparttar 107891 Default Tab Stops The simple way to line text is to userepparttar 107892 default tab stops that are set with every new document (typically every half inch). You would userepparttar 107893 same technique as before, except you would hitrepparttar 107894 tab key instead ofrepparttar 107895 spacebar. Usingrepparttar 107896 tab key actually gets you to your spot a lot faster and you don’t have worry about lining up text becauserepparttar 107897 tab stops are in exactlyrepparttar 107898 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 stillrepparttar 107899 new, but Microsoft Word makes a lot easier to create them. To create your own tab stops, simply click inrepparttar 107900 bottom half ofrepparttar 107901 Ruler Bar where you want them each of them set. You’ll know it’s set when you see an “L” inrepparttar 107902 ruler bar. After they’re all set, you only have to hitrepparttar 107903 tab key once and it will automatically gorepparttar 107904 next stop. If you need to make a change to any tab stop location, just click and dragrepparttar 107905 “L” alongrepparttar 107906 ruler; you can also click and dragrepparttar 107907 “L” offrepparttar 107908 ruler to remove a tab stop.

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