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Chapter 3. Layout Enhancements > Using Graphic Text - Pg. 26

Layout Enhancements Tip 26 · Although it is possible to add custom colors to FileMaker, doing so increases the file size and slows the display redraw. As a rule, it's a bad idea. Using Graphic Text One method for displaying non-standard fonts on a layout is to create the text in a paint program. The text can be pasted into your layout as a graphic and will display identically on any computer. This isn't a very efficient way to work if you have lots of text, but it's just fine for logo type or other graphics. There are three ways to bring over graphic type--one if you are creating the type yourself, another if you have no paint programs and are inserting a graphic provided by someone else, and a third if you don't want the graphic shape to be editable on the layout. This last option, which relies on a container field, is particularly useful if you're dealing with a logo that must look exactly as it was designed. Copied or inserted graphics are all too easy to stretch and compress without your realizing it. Graphics placed in a container field stay put. To copy a graphic from a paint program into a layout: 1. 2. 3. Open your graphics program and create your type or open the document that already contains it. Select the graphic, then copy it to the Clipboard (in Windows: Ctrl+C/on the Mac: Command-C). Return to FileMaker and switch to Layout mode (Ctrl+L/Command-L). Paste the graphic onto the layout (Ctrl+V/Command-V). Tip · If you will need to print the logo or graphic text, create the original art at a print resolution of at least 300 dpi. Otherwise the outlines of your text or logo will look jagged and rough on paper. To import graphic text from a file: · Switch to Layout mode (Ctrl+L/ Command-L). Choose Insert > Picture and navigate to the graphics file you want to insert. Once you find it, click Open. Your graphic will appear as a free-floating box. You can move or scale it like any other layout object. To import uneditable graphic text: 1. Make sure you already have a graphic saved in one of the formats FileMaker can import, then go to the layout where you plan to add the graphic. Choose File > Define Fields (Ctrl+Shift+D/ Command-Shift-D). 2. 3. FM 5.5 for Mac OS X can import PDFs into container fields. When the Define Fields dialog box appears, type the name of your new field into the Field Name text box. In the Type area of the dialog box, select the Container radio button, then click Create (Figure 3.7). The new field is added to the field list. Click Done.