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What size should text be? Use this text size rules cheat sheet

Do you ever get hung up on how big your text should be, or wonder what the text size rules are?

You want it to be big enough to catch people’s attention — especially if it’s a headline — but you don’t want it to be so big, it looks like a text message on your parent’s phone ğŸ”Ž

On the other hand, you don’t want it to be so small that it looks like the fine print on a medicine bottle 👓

Use these 3 text size rules for your next graphic.

Text size rules cheat sheet

1. Compare to paper

Let’s say you’re working on a PDF. You can hold a sheet of paper next to the computer screen and resize what’s on the screen until it’s the same size as the paper. That will give you an accurate idea of what the text will look like once it’s printed out.

You can also look at the scale at the bottom right hand side of the screen. When it’s set to 100%, that’s when it’s actual size.

2. Compare to your phone

You can do the same thing with your phone 📱

Meaning, if you’re working on social media graphics, you can hold your phone next to the screen and resize until it’s about the same size as your phone screen. That way, you can see what it will actually look like on someone’s phone.

When you figure out the scale setting that’s right for your phone, you can use that setting every time you’re making a social graphic.

3. When in doubt, use this cheat sheet

Want some quick starting points when you’re making printed documents?

Titles can be 24 or larger
Headings can be 14-18
Paragraph text can be 10, 11, or 12

You can start there and make adjustments as needed until it’s just right 👌

Want to learn to design with text so your designs are scroll-stopping and drive action? Check out Create with Confidence, my design course for non-designers!


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