Text

 25-35 min

  

DrawPlus offers three types of text to use in your projects, frame text, shape text and artistic text.

You can use the same methods to perform operations such as selecting, editing, and formatting all types of text. For detailed information, visit the online Help.

By the end of this tutorial you will be able to:

In this tutorial, we'll add some text to a greetings card. You can either create a card from scratch using one of the folded publications templates (available from the Start New Drawing option on the Startup Wizard), or you can work with the card that we have already partially designed.  

Right-click the  links and, depending on your browser, select either Save Target As... or Save Link As... to download the following tutorial project file(s):

 

 card.dpp

Let’s begin...

The card opens with Page 1 displayed in the workspace.

Let's start by adding some artistic text!

To create artistic text:

  1. On the Drawing toolbar, click the  Artistic Text tool.

  2. Click on the page to create an insertion point.

  3. On the Text context toolbar, in the Font drop-down list, select Apple Boy BTN and sent the size to 72pt.

  4. On the Swatch tab, select the Fill button and click a black swatch.

  5. Type your greeting.

Next, we'll use the properties of artistic text to make it a little more exciting!

To resize and rotate artistic text:

  1. With the  Pointer Tool, click on the top-center handle of the text box and drag upwards. Notice that this stretches the text.

  2. Next, click right-center handle of the text box and drag inwards. Notice that this squashes the text.

  3. To rotate the text, hover next to a corner handle. When you see the  cursor, click and drag to rotate the object.

  4. Finally, click and drag the  Move button to position the text.

  5. Why not add some color to your text? With the text box selected, go to the Swatch tab. Click the Fill button and then expand the  Gradient Fills flyout. Then select a category and click one of the swatches to apply a gradient fill.


    For more on using fills, make sure you visit the tutorials Fills I and Fills II.

Now that we've completed the front of our card, let's move on to the back. Here, we'll show you how to fit text to a curve. In the Pages tab, click to select page 3.

Now let’s create a new artistic text object...

To create artistic text (alternative method):

  1. On the Drawing toolbar, click the  Artistic Text tool.

  2. Click and drag on the page to set the font size to approximately 25pt.

  3. Type a card slogan (we used our website address).

If you're not happy with the way the default font looks, you can easily change it. We'll do this next.

To select and format existing text:

  1. On the Drawing toolbar, click the  Artistic Text tool.

  2. Click inside the text box next to the first letter, and then drag to highlight all of the text. (You can also press Ctrl + A or triple click.) The selected text is highlighted blue.

  3. On the Text context toolbar, in the Font drop-down list, select Apple Boy BTN.

  4. On the Swatch tab, select the Fill button and click a green swatch. The text formatting is updated.

Next, we’ll fit our text to a curved path.

To put text on a path:

  1. With the text object still selected, on the Text context toolbar, expand the  Preset Text Paths flyout and click to apply the  Curved Text - Top Circle preset.

  2. To adjust the path, hold the Ctrl key, and with the Node Tool, click the green start node and drag upwards.

  3. (Optional) To adjust the slope of the path, hold the Ctrl key, and with the Node Tool, drag the curve handle.

  4. Finally, to change where the text starts, ensure that the Artistic Text tool is selected and click in the text to create an insertion point.

  5. Drag the Start point arrow to the right to push the text towards the end of the curve.

  6. Finally, to place the text beneath the curve line, drag the alignment node to the bottom of the bar.

  7. That's it, your curved text is complete! If you've followed the steps exactly, the text should resemble our illustration.

  8. You can also fit text to any curve, shape or line that is drawn on the page. For more information, see 'Fitting text to a path' in online Help.

Now let’s make the inside of our card a little more interesting. In the Pages tab, click to select page 2. On the inside pages of our card, we have a sunflower created from a Quick Petal and a Quick Ellipse.

Let's add our greeting to the inside of the flower (i.e. the Quick Ellipse).

To create shape text:

  1. On the Drawing toolbar, click the   Artistic Text tool and then click on the Quick Ellipse. An insertion point begins to flash in the center of the shape.

  2. On the Swatch tab, click the Fill button, and click the white swatch.

  3. On the Text context toolbar, select the Apple Boy BTN font and set the font size to 36pt. (You might need to adjust this to suit your message.)

  4. Type the greeting you used on the front of the card.

Congratulations! You've just created shape text! We'll finish the card by creating a text frame.

To create a text frame:

  1. On the Drawing toolbar, on the Text Frames flyout, click the  Frame Text tool.

  2. In the upper-left corner of the card, click and drag to create a small text frame.

  3. On the Text context toolbar, select the Apple Boy BTN font and set the size to 24pt.

  4. On the Swatch tab, click the Fill button, and click the black swatch.

  5. Type ‘To... ’.

You have created a basic text frame. However, we don't have to stick with a basic rectangle. Let's get creative!

(Optional) To adjust the shape, line and fill of a text frame:

  1. With the  Pointer Tool click to select the text frame.

  2. On the Line tab, increase the line width to around 2pt.

  3. On the Swatch tab, apply a light fill and a black line.

  4. On the Drawing toolbar, click the  Node Tool and on the Context toolbar, choose Quick Thought from the Shaped frame drop-down menu. Adjust the direction of the bubbles by dragging the bottom node left or right.

  5. Finally, with the  Pointer Tool, resize the frame so that it fits all of your text. Notice that, unlike before, when you resize the frame, the text properties do not change as this is Frame Text.

  6. Repeat steps 2-5 to create a “From” text frame. Why not try a different shape and line style?

  7. Although a shaped text frame and shape text can look similar on the page, they are treated differently by DrawPlus. If you look at the layers tab, text frames and artistic text always appear as text. However, shape text only appears as its containing shape. This is because text frames have very different behaviour. To find out more about adjusting text flow and linking text frames, see online Help.

That’s it, your card is complete! You now know how to edit and format text, apply text effects, create text-on-a-path, and create new artistic, shape and frame text objects.

The skills you have acquired should be sufficient for most of your DrawPlus projects!