Leader dots

04/04/2012

Leader dots are used to fill in the empty space between tabs and make it visually easier for the reader to connect two parts of the same line.

The use of leader dots is common with:

This post explains how you can use leader dots in web-to-print templates.

Web-to-print templates with leader dots

Lets use leader dots in the list of items on a restaurant menu web-to-print template. We have a Paragraph text frame that will hold a list of “Today’s specials“. Item names are to be on the left side while each item price is to be “aligned” on the right side.

CorelDRAW can’t align separate parts of the same line differently so, we need to use tabs for this. Using tabbed indentation is much more friendly than entering empty spaces or dots manually since it ensures identical vertical text alignment on multiple paragraphs.

CorelDRAW tabs

First we need to define the tab values for the text frame and setup the leaders. Select the text frame and navigate to Text / Tabs from the CorelDRAW top menu.

Web-to-print add new tab location

In the Tab Settings pop-up window, set the Tab location value according to the page size of your design and click Add. Note. You can remove all predefined CorelDRAW values and just enter the one you would like to use.

CorelDRAW leader settings

Click on Leader Options… and choose the required character and spacing. Hit Ok to save your settings.

Web-to-print turn on leaders

To activate the leader options you’ve just set, click on “Leaders” column for the tab and change its value to On.

Now lets try it in the text frame itself. In you CorelDRAW template document, click between the text fields that you want separated with leader dots and hit Tab button on your keyboard. The result should be similar to this.

Web-to-print text with leader dots

When a user inputs texts of different lengths for the item label, the remaining space and number of dots will be automatically adjusted to fit the user input.

Web-to-print leader dots template preview
Download this FREE CorelDRAW template file used in this example.
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