Tie height

The height of ties determines how far above/below their endpoints ties extend vertically.

To avoid the end points or curve apexes of ties starting or ending on staff lines, Dorico Elements automatically makes small changes to the curvature shape, height, and vertical position of ties. These changes are small, but the placement of ties is subtly different depending on the position of notes relative to staff lines.

Figure 1. A tie outside noteheads
Figure 2. When transposed one note down, the tie appears with a steeper curve to avoid reaching its apex on the staff line.
Figure 3. A tie between noteheads, with the ends slightly above the vertical center of the noteheads to avoid the tie appearing too close to the staff line at its ends or apex.
Figure 4. When transposed up, the ends of the tie are now positioned at the vertical center of the notehead, as there is no staff line with which it could collide.

You can change the height of individual ties in Engrave mode.

Increasing the height of ties makes them extend further from the vertical position of their endpoints, which gives them a rounder shape and means they take up more vertical space. Ties generally do not need to be as curved as slurs, as they join notes of the same pitch instead of arching over or above a range of pitches.

Where vertical space is tight, a balance must be found between how curved ties are and ensuring staves do not overlap.

Figure 5. A long tie with default height
Figure 6. A long tie with increased height