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Leading

Leading (pronounced ledding) refers to the amount of space between the lines of type, and it is an important tool for improving readability.

It is set automatically by your software, but it can be adjusted. The default setting usually makes the leading 20% greater than the point size of the body text. In other words, a 10 point font will have a twelve point leading. In One Minute Designer, Roger Parker offers very useful guidelines.

The main reason for adjusting leading is to improve readability. Generally speaking, narrow columns should have a smaller typeface and less leading, and wider columns should have a larger typeface and more leading.

Finally, keep in mind that by reducing the space between lines of text, the page will become darker, so you should add white space in other places.

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