Identifying Common Layout Problems

Boredom and clutter are the two most common examples of layout problems. Learn to identify the underlying causes of these problems, and your designs will immediately start to improve.

Problem 1: Boring Pages

Boring pages often result from not taking advantage of Publisher’s layout guides. Pages based on a two-column grid with narrow margins often appear static because both the left and right sides of the page balance each other. Restructuring the page with a five-column grid, with two text columns plus a narrow outside column of white space, projects a more dynamic, asymmetrical image.

By using layout guides, you can add a narrow border of white space to the outside of each page, reduce line lengths, and create ...

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