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Adding text

 

How to add text to your pages

Adding text to your page is a great way to customize your book.  Each text element that you add can be a unique font, size, and color.  You can also save frequently used styles so that you can easily keep a consistent look throughout your book.

 

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To add a text element to your page, click on the Add Text button located in the Elements Toolbar

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The Edit Text window will appear allowing you to specify the characteristics of the text you are adding, for example:

 

Text:  Change the words "New Text" to the text you want to appear on your page.  This can be changed later from within the page editor.

 

Style:  See the 'Styles' section below.

 

Font:  Choose from the list of available fonts.

 

Size:  Determine the size that you want your text to be.

 

Color:  Choose from a palette of 256 different colors.

 

Shadow color:  Choose a color for your text's drop shadow, if you've added one (see below).

 

Italic:  Click the Italic box to change your text to italics.

 

Shadow:  Add a drop shadow effect to your text.

 

Bold:  Click the Bold box to change your text to boldface.

 

Underline:  Click the underline box to underline your text.

 

Left, Right, Center:  Choose how your text should be aligned within the text box.

 

Vertical: Makes your text go from top to bottom rather than from left to right.

 

Color:  The current color of the text will appear in the color box.  Click on it to open the 256-color palette and choose a new color.

 

Shadow color:  (Only visible if 'Shadow' is selected)  Choose the color of your drop shadow.

 

Check Spelling: A quick spelling check will be run on the text you have entered.  If there are any misspelled words found, you will be prompted to select the correct spelling of the words one at a time.

 

All of these aspects can also be edited later.

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Styles: If you have a font style that you use commonly (For example: Times New Roman, Size 36, Blue) you can save it as a style and use it again elsewhere in the book.  Choose the font, size, color, alignment, and effects (Bold, Italics, Underline, Drop Shadow) you'd like to save.  Then, from the Styles drop-down menu, click on New Style.  You will be prompted to enter a name for this new style.  Choose a name that describes the text, such as Heading Text or Times 36 Blue.  Once you have saved a font style, it will be available from the Styles pull down menu for any text you add in the future.

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Add Name:  Click the Add Name button to import a name directly off of the student roster.  This is a great way to use students' names without worrying about their spelling.

 

First Name / Last Name:  Search through the list of students based on these criteria.

 

Check mark:  Accept the student's name and paste it into the Edit Text window.

 

Exit:  Click the exit sign to go back to the text editing window without pasting in a student's name.

 

Note:  This feature imports student names as is, and any future edits to the student roster will not automatically affect already placed names, like they do with portraits.  Please ensure that all proofing of student names is complete before using this feature.

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OK:  Click the OK check mark to add the text to your page and return to the page editor.

 

Cancel:  Click cancel to go back to the page editor without adding the text to the page.

 

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Editing text

Once text has been added to a page, it is still completely customizable.  To edit the look and content of an existing text area, click on the text to select it, and use the tools shown here (located at the top of the screen) to make your modifications.

 

Font:  Change the text's font

 

Size:  Change the size of the text

 

Shadow:  Add a drop shadow effect to the text.  

 

Italic:  Click the Italic box to change your text to italics.

 

Bold:  Click the Bold box to change your text to boldface.

 

Underline:  Click the underline box to underline your text.

 

Left, Right, Center:  Align your text to the left, right, or center of the text box.

 

Vertical: Make your text go from top to bottom rather than from left to right.

 

Color:  The current color of the text will appear in the color box.  Click on it to open the 256-color palette and choose a new color.

 

Shadow color:  (Only visible if 'Shadow' is selected)  Choose the color of your drop shadow.

 

Check Spelling: A quick spelling check will be run on the text you have entered.  If there are any misspelled words found, you will be prompted to select the correct spelling of the words one at a time.

 

 

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Double-click to edit placed text

Double-click a text element in the page editor to re-open the advanced text editing screen.  

 

From here you can change the actual content of the text, as well as change other attributes or apply font styles.

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How to edit multiple text elements

Hold the shift key and click on multiple text elements one at a time to select them.  By using this method you can select as many text elements as you would like to edit.  The same options are available from the tool bar when you have multiple text elements selected as when you had only one text element selected.  Making a change to font, size, color, etc. will affect all selected text elements.

 

Note:  If you have multiple text elements selected and they are not all currently set to the same font, size, or color, then the box for that attribute will show as blank.  Choosing a setting, however, will apply that setting to all selected text boxes.

 

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How to remove a text element

Click on a text area to select it, or hold the Shift key and click on multiple text areas one at a time to select them all.

 

Press the Delete key on your keyboard to remove the text element(s) from the page.