Setting InDesign Paragraph Styles

Today I’ve been fussing with the text layout for my children’s picture book. Too many of the dialog/text boxes were impinging on images, giving the pages a crowded, disheveled look. To loosen things up with better spacing, I’m reducing the font size to 16 pt and center-aligning the text. It’s the most compact way to set the type. Since the paragraphs sometimes have only a few words, I reduced the leading, known as line-height in CSS, to 18pt, just enough that the descenders in the “g” don’t collide with the tall stems, the ascenders, of the “t” and “d” characters. The settings can be applied globally to all paragraphs in the Type -> Paragraph Styles dialog.

Here’s what my layout looks like now.