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fact file1.13 How Many Columns


As the last activity indicates, the first stage in designing your document should be to decide on a suitable grid. Work through the next activity before coming to a decision.

For A4 size or smaller and for narrow publications, two-column grids are often used, but the columns do not always have to be of equal width. Variety can also be added by allowing elements such as images or headlines to span more than one column.

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Three-column grids offer greater flexibility as you will find in the next activity. Headlines or images can span one, two or three columns in many different arrangements and allow for asymmetrical placement of elements. This is more dynamic visually than symmetrical layouts, which can appear dull.

Four-column grids are even more flexible, but also require more space and are more demanding of the reader, who has to keep moving the eyes up and down and from left to right, unless there are plenty of illustrations.

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A single column design suits smaller pages that have to hold the reader's attention for a long time, such as for novels and stories. The longer the line of text, the more likely the reader is to accidentally skip words. But, on the other hand, very short lines of text are also difficult to read.

Creating grid layouts is very straightforward in Serif PagePlus, as you will discover in Section 3.

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