Quick Play: Is Line Height the Problem with Your Graphic?

Today’s tip is line-height. Line height is the space between the lines of text on your design. Most programs will have some sort of setting for you to change this. This spacing may also be called leading or line-height. It’s a really important design element to check. It’s one of the last things you could probably do in your design to make sure that your heading lines are spaced correctly.

You want to make sure that they’re close enough together (but not so close that they’re touching) and not so far away that there is a huge gap in between. If the line height in your heading is too wide, it will make your heading look very disjointed as there is a huge gap in between the top part and the bottom part so you want to make sure that you play with that setting to keep the line cohesive.

If you’re wondering where the term leading comes from, it is because back in the day when printers used letterpress machine leading, where they placed pieces of lead in between each line of letters to space out the lines of text. That’s why they call it leading nowadays. It is often referred to as line-height so either one works but if you see the word leading, that’s why.

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Alix Johnson

Alix Johnson

Originally from BC, Alix works full-time from our Grande Prairie office. In her day-to-day role, she works closely with our team to design & build websites, along with the occasional logo & any other client need.
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