- Hyphens are the easiest way to minimize the problem, though I prefer not to use them in my journaling blocks.
- Adjusting the font size and tracking can improve the word spacing.
- Add extra adjectives to your journaling in just the right places.
If the above methods don’t work for you, I have good news! You can adjust the justification settings to help solve the problem.
First, select your text, and then choose Justification from the Paragraph panel menu.
- Word Spacing is the space between each word.
- Letter Spacing is the distance between letters.
- Glyph Scaling controls the width of the characters.
- Leading controls the spaces between each line.
While adjusting the spaces between words rather than the letters is preferred in the typography world, I got the results I wanted by slightly adjusting the letter spacing. The settings you choose will vary depending on the font you use, and the size of your font and text box. If you opt to change the letter spacing, keep the difference between the minimum and maximum percentages as small as possible, or the differences in letter spacing from line to line may look worse than the large gaps you’re trying to fix! Play with the numbers until you are satisfied with the results.
The screenshot below shows how the adjustments I made helped make the word spacing look more natural.