Unexpected rivers only on the few top lines

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In theory the wider the columns, the better justification should work.
So I made an experiment to create only one column and I got huge rivers but only for the top rows.
How can this be explained?

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Aug 15, 2022 Aug 15, 2022

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Well, I'm looking at that drop cap, for starters.

 

You have hyphenation on, okay. Try applying a gentle text squeeze to the top line, then the top two, and possibly all three. A few percent tighter tracking, or a few percent text width, or a combination.

 

It's not always possible to figure out the why when you are doing combination layouts like this, but gentle fixes often get around such issues.

 

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I would also say the drop cap is probably the culprit.

In addition to tracking the entire paragraph you can kern just the spaces for selected text. I use this a lot to tighten or loosen word spacing without changing the kerning between the letters in the words, which I think looks better. I don't know a menu command to do this, but the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl (Cmd) + Alt (Opt) + Backspace or \ (backslash) will tighten or loosen just the spaces +/- 10 respectively each time you apply them. It doesn't always work, but it's usually the first thing I try for adjusting lines.

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I wanted to recreate the issue and i couldn't, now I get no rivers with one column. No idea why.

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Did you change anything in the text at all? The Adobe Paragraph composers can and will make drastic changes depending on the actual text.

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I don't know what caused it and i couldn't recreate the issue. I just tought someone has seen this before and it's some known thing.

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It looks like there are line breaks (shift-returns) at the end of each line. Turn on your hidden characters to check.

 

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Thanks I will if I can recreate the issue, now it's gone since I have changed my columns and many settings every minute.

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I will if I can recreate the issue.

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