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Text Alignment – Part 3: The right justified and centered sentence


It flutters on the left, it flutters right, it flaps left and right or not at all? The text alignment is a relevant decision that you as a graphic artist must and can make. Because only with the right orientation the text becomes better or harder to read. In the third part of our Text Alignment series, PrintCarrier.com introduces you to the peculiarities, benefits and disadvantages of right-aligned and centered text. Part 1 to the justification and part 2 to left-aligned text are also very worth reading!

The marginal figure: right-justified text

The right-justified text aligns the end of the line with a right-justified covenant and flips to the left. The term “flatter sentence”, which strictly speaking applies to the left-justified and the right-justified sentence, however, is rather associated with the left-justified sentence. So if the customer just calls you the term “flutter sentence”, you should rather assume a left-justified flutter sentence; who wants right-aligned flutter sentence, will usually say the term “right-justified”.

The secret of difficult readability

This is not least because the right-justified text is rarely used, and for good reason. Since we are reading from left to right, so our eye is looking for the start point for the next line at the left edge, it is much easier if the horizontal starting point of the line is always in the same place. This is not the case with a right-justified sentence, where each line starts at a different X value – and that means that the reader needs a lot more attention, making a fluent reading almost impossible.

Where you best use the right-justified phrase

The flutter area, the frequency of separation, distances and other options can usually all be adjusted. The specifications are the same as those explained in Part 2. However, it quickly becomes clear that the right-justified sentence is only suitable for short texts or a few lines. An invitation, a thank you card, captions, or a slogan, and with these manageable volumes of text, you should manually separate the lines to avoid wax-tube, boot-tern, or the famous leg-hold. This is the only way to obtain a meaningful and visually beautiful row case, which can be elegant and individual depending on the typeface chosen and the rest of the design. If you have more than four to five lines of text you should prefer to leave the right-aligned text to the left.

Right-justified text lacks the left edge, which makes reading easier.

You need a personal touch? Center!

The situation is similar with the middle axis theorem. It is also referred to as centered or axial set or symmetrical ragged set. The imaginary axis lies in the middle of the maximum block width, and the line flutters symmetrically from the axis to the right and left.

The centered sentence should be similar to the right-justified sentence only a few lines of text are used. The reason for this is also the difficult readability, which results from the missing left edge. Slogans, invitations, congratulations, poems or sayings feel in good hands in the right-justified sentence and give the designs a personal touch. The few lines should then be wrapped manually, so that a meaningful and a visually beautiful line case arises.

With centered text, the axis runs in the middle.

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Manuela Richter

Category: News



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