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Chapter 4. Working With Menus > Working with Text

Working with Text

As you would expect from the folks who brought you Illustrator, the Character palette is quite a sophisticated typography tool. Without going over every feature here, I'll give you the basics of entering and modifying text in a menu. For an overview of the Character palette controls, see Chapter 1.

To enter text horizontally:

1.
Use the Character palette to set the desired text attributes (Figure 4.93).

Figure 4.93. The Character palette, showing just a few of its attributes.


2.
Choose the Text tool from the Toolbox (Figure 4.94).

Figure 4.94. To enter horizontal text, choose the Text tool.


3.
Do one of the following:

  • Click in a menu (the insertion point appears) and begin typing freely (Figure 4.95).

    Figure 4.95. An example of free text entry.


  • Click and drag in a menu to define a bounding box for type (Figure 4.96).

    Figure 4.96. Drawing a bounding box for text.


    When the bounding box is set, text will be constrained by the box and will wrap around within the box (Figure 4.97).

    Figure 4.97. The text is now constrained by the bounding box.


To enter text vertically:

1.
Choose the Vertical Text tool from the Toolbox (Figure 4.98).

Figure 4.98. Choosing the Vertical Text tool…


2.
Choose from the options described in the previous section to enter text freely or within a bounding box (Figure 4.99).

Figure 4.99. …and getting sideways with it.


To select and modify text elements:

1.
In the Menu Editor, open the menu containing the text you want to modify.

2.
With the appropriate text tool selected, drag to select the text you want to modify (Figure 4.100).

Figure 4.100. Drag-selecting to modify text.


3.
Make your changes.

You can retype the text, cut it, copy it, or paste it. You can also change any of its attributes, using the controls in the Character palette.

✓ Tip

  • You can select and modify text as a block using several methods. You can use the Selection tool to select one or more text elements in the Menu Editor, or select one or more text layers in the Layers palette, and then use the selection handles to resize or reposition the block. Or you can choose the Menu Editor's Object menu and select any of the available options to arrange, align, or distribute the text block. Or you can adjust any of the available attributes in the Character palette.


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