Desktop Publishing

Rules

Rules are horizontal and vertical lines, which add contrast to the page. Use them to frame and separate information or articles.

In PageMaker, create the line with the drawing tool and fill it using a rule from the Elements pull-down menu.

We framed the top and bottom of every page with a horizontal rule in the Freestone. In some publications, you'll see vertical rules, called downrules, between columns. Many newsletter designers place their pull-quotes inside a column between two horizontal rules.

Generally speaking, rules surrounded by text should be thin, while rules surrounded by white space should be thick.

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