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When to Use Adobe Every-line Composer in Adobe Photoshop

As you probably know we have new Type menu in Photoshop CS6. That’s not only news when typography is concerned (you may be interested in Universal Principles to Combine Typefaces), we have and new Paragraph and Character Styles panels. In this tutorial i want to discuss single feature or option in Paragraph Style dialog and that’s Composer in Composition tab. There are two options to choose for Composer in Photoshop CS6 (and Illustrator by the way): Adobe Single-line Composer and Adobe Every-line Composer. When working with point type you won’t see any difference but you will benefit when justifying text especially when using Full Justify. 

What is difference between Paragraph and Single Line Composer
Adobe Single-line Composer means that Photoshop will compute every line as it is or as you typed text and distribute spacing according to number of words and space available, while Every-line Composer will compute all lines in paragraph. When justifying text you can choose Single-line Composer and manually control how lines break or to ask Photoshop to compute and decide. Let me show you one example. First I will draw paragraph text box (Define Paragraph container size before you start typing in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements) and insert Lorem Ipsum text from Type > Paste Lorem Ipsum. Note that last lines have only few words.
Paragraph filled with Lorem Ipsum text in Photoshop CS6
Paragraph filled with Lorem Ipsum text in Photoshop CS6

Now I will create new Paragraph style from Paragraph Styles panel (Window > Paragraph Styles). Let’s see big difference in action. First I will use Full Justify alignment from Indents and Spacing tab and Adobe Single-line Composer from Composer tab. Here is result (pay attention on last line word spacing):
Full Justified paragraph text with Adobe Single-line Composer
Full Justified paragraph text with Adobe Single-line Composer

Let’s change to Adobe Every-line Composer. Wow! This is huge difference and good reason to switch to Adobe Every-line Composer whenever you are working with justified paragraph text. To see instant changes when working with paragraph styles turn on Preview option in Paragraph Styles Options dialog.
Full Justified paragraph text with Adobe Every-line Composer
Full Justified paragraph text with Adobe Every-line Composer

Changing Composer from Paragraph panel menu
If you are not using Paragraph Styles to format text there is option in Paragraph panel to switch to Adobe Every/ Single-line Composer.  First ensure that layer with text is active in Layers palette or click with Type Tool ac­tive inside paragraph for which you want to change composer. Next is to click on Paragraph panel (Window > Paragraph) menu and choose Every-line Composer. To change back to Single-line Composer click again on Paragraph panel menu and choose Single-line Composer.
Change Composer from Paragraph panel menu
Change Composer from Paragraph panel menu

Reference:
Photoshop Help / Formatting paragraphs

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS6
 
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