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Precise text justification in Affinity Publisher

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On 1/11/2020 at 3:29 AM, Catshill said:

Can you give a couple of examples of serious publications that would not be suitable for designing with Affinity Publisher.

I bought Affinity Publisher to typeset novels to a sellable (professional) standard. Right now I'm looking for tips on getting justified right and left margins to work. (Go easy on me if I haven't used precisely the right terminology. I'm not an industry professional typesetter. I'm a novelist who bought this software for indie publishing).

Right now, I am preparing a children's chapter book for publication. The large font (13 pt) required for easy-to-read books comes with its own challenges.

Right and left margins need to be justified. Any help I can get typesetting my book with justified margins (without gaping spaces in the middle of lines) is appreciated. 


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Use Justified, last line Left. Looks like you have Justified All turned on.


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Affinity Designer 2.2.1 | Affinity Photo 2.2.1 | Affinity Publisher 2.2.1 | Beta versions as they appear.

I have never mastered color management, period, so I cannot help with that.

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@Maaja Welcome to the Forums!  @Old Bruce is spot on, but additionally you will find that occasionally even with the "Justified Last Line Left" setting you will have some lines with large gaps between words and others (such as the last 4 lines of your example on your page 4) where the words are much closer together.   You can resolve much of this by adjusting the tracking, using your Character Panel, in the Positioning and Transform Section, second setting in the left column, Tracking.   Once in awhile, if tracking still resists you, you may wish to insert a hyphen in order to move a few letters up or down.  Here are some examples to show what I mean.  (I wrote some stuff with long and short words just to achieve the effect I am trying to explain.) 

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