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Chapter 4. Text Input > To make a text box transparent:

To make a text box transparent:

1.
Choose the Item or Content tool.

2.
If all the items are on the same layer, click on the text box that is to be on top. And if it's not on top, choose Item > Bring to Front (F5). If the items are on different layers, make sure the layers are in the correct stacking order (see page 262).

3.
Choose Item > Runaround (Cmd-T/Ctrl-T).

4.
Choose Type: None , then click OK.

5.
If the Colors palette isn't already open, choose View > Show Colors (F12).

6.
Click the Background color icon on the Colors palette .

The Colors palette

7.
Click None . (Don't choose Black at a 0 shade percentage. It will look opaque white—not transparent.)

Figure 4. Text in a transparent box on top of a picture


TIP

To select an item that's behind another item, Cmd-Option-Shift-click/Ctrl-Alt-Shift-click. Each click will select the next item behind in succession (more about this on page 179).


TIP

To group multiple items so they'll move in unison, see page 168.


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