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Digital Tips: Text Spacing in Graphics
April 7, 2021

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Tutorial: Line Height

Look at the paragraphs below. Which one is easiest for you to read?

Two paragraphs with different styles of line spacing; the first paragraph is cramped, while the second paragraph displays optimal line spacing.

If you chose option 2, you, like most people, find proper spacing essential to readability.

One of the most important elements to consider when adding text to graphics is line spacing, also known as leading.

Here’s a handy rule: Line spacing should be 125% to 150% of your font size. Different programs measure line spacing differently; since many legislators use Canva for graphic design, I’ll use it in this example.

Canva line spacing demo

In Canva, the line spacing value (called “line height”) is relative to the font size. So you should set your line spacing to a value between 1.2 and 1.5.

Bonus Tip: Don’t squash too many details in one graphic! Remove unessential information and include extra details in the post or tweet’s caption.

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