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Chapter 4. Text Input > Working with text boxes

Working with text boxes

The Text Inset is the blank space between text and the four edges of the box that contains it. A Text Inset value greater than zero should be applied to any box that has a frame in order to create breathing space between the text and the frame.

To change the Text Inset:

1.
Choose the Item or Content tool.

2.
Click a text box.

3.
Choose Item > Modify (Cmd-M/Ctrl-M), then click the Text tab.

4.
To apply a uniform Text Inset value to all four edges of the text box, leave Multiple Insets unchecked, then enter a value in the All Edges field (1 pt. is the default) If you're entering a value in points, you don't have to reenter the “pt.”

The same text box with a Text Inset of 7 pt


A text box with a Text Inset of 0 pt


or

To enter a different Text Inset value for each edge of a rectangular text box, check Multiple Insets , then enter Top, Left, Bottom, and Right values.

The text box with a different Text Inset value on each of its four sides


5.
Optional: Click Apply to preview, then readjust the Text Inset values, if desired.

6.
Click OK.

These instructions apply to text boxes, pictures boxes, and contentless boxes.

Frame like a pro

  • Apply a Text Inset greater than zero in Item > Modify > Text to add breathing room between the text and the frame.

  • Use narrow, delicate frames rather than thick, ornate ones. Gaudy frames distract from, and overwhelm, the text. Less is more.

  • Unless you want the whole world to know you're new to graphic design, use frames sparingly here or there in a couple of spots—not frames, frames everywhere.


To apply a frame to any type of box:

1.
Choose the Item or Content tool.

2.
Click a box (Bézier or standard).

3.
Choose Item > Frame (Cmd-B/Ctrl-B).

4.
Choose a preset Width from the pop-up menu or enter a custom Width . You can enter fractions of a point.

The Frame pane of the Item > Modify dialog box


5.
Choose from the Style pop-up menu. (To create a custom dashed or multiline frame, see pages 223226.) Note: In Web layouts, only the Solid and Solid 3-D frames are available for HTML text boxes, which are boxes for which Convert to Graphic on Export is unchecked at the bottom of the dialog box. If this option is checked, an HTML text box will be converted to a raster box and any frame can be applied to it.

6.
Choose from the Frame: Color pop-up menu.

7.
Choose from the Frame: Shade pop-up menu or enter a Shade percentage.

8.
Optional: To recolor the white areas in a multiline or dashed style, choose from the Gap: Color and Shade pop-up menus.

9.
Click Apply to preview, make any adjustments, then click OK (illustrations on the next page).

TIP

To remove a frame, select the box, choose Item > Frame again, then enter 0 in the Width field.


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