Text Tool

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The Text tool is used to add text or symbols to your design.  It can be selected from the Canvas toolbox.

 

 

Text Tool

Text takes on a life of its own when combined with styles.

 

 

 

Workspace

 

To create a new text object, ensure that the Text tool is selected, click any empty spot in the workspace, and type the desired text.

 

Existing Text objects and Shapes can also be selected and moved as described for the Transform tool.

 

 

 

Text Section

 

With a text object selected, type the desired text into the box appearing in the Text section of the Text tool's ribbon.  Press enter only if you wish to create a multi-line text object, otherwise simply stop typing when finished and allow the text object to update automatically.

 

You may occasionally open a Genetica document (GTX file) and find that the text is not editable.  GTX files contain text objects "baked" as artistic shapes, but they do not embed the actual font.  If a GTX is opened on a computer that does not have the needed font, the document will render as its original creator intended, and the user will be able to position and scale the text object as can be done with other objects.  However, the user will not be able to modify the text until the user selects a different font or installs the missing font on their system.

 

A web search will reveal a number of sites containing thousands of freely downloadable fonts, and finding a missing font is often as simple as searching for it.  But as always when downloading resources from the web, it's a good idea to check the licensing terms under which they can be used.

 

 

 

Font Section

 

 

Option

Description

Font drop-down

Specifies the font used by the currently selected text object.

Bold

Activate this button to make the currently selected text bold.

Italic

Activate this button to italicize the currently selected text.

 

 

 

Size Section

 

 

Option

Description

Size

Specifies the size of the currently selected text.

Ratio

When resizing text by dragging the resize handles in the workspace, the text may become stretched or squashed.  The Ratio slider quantifies this effect and makes it easy to return a text object to a neutral ratio by entering a value of 100.

 

 

 

Alignment Section

 

The options appearing in this section of the Text tool's ribbon will only have an effect on multi-line text objects.  Multi-line text can be created by pressing the enter key while typing in the text box found within the Text section of the ribbon.

 

 

Option

Description

Align Left

Aligns the left edges of a multi-line text object.

Center

Aligns the centers of the lines of a multi-line text object.

Align Right

Aligns the right edges of a multi-line text object.

 

 

This section will not appear if the selected text object uses a font that is not found on the user's computer.  In this case, select a different font to make the section appear.

 

 

 

Spacing Section

 

 

Option

Description

Character Spacing

Positive values will increase the space between the characters of the text object, while negative values will reduce the space.

Line Spacing

Positive values will increase the space between the lines of a multi-line text object, while negative values will reduce the space.

 

 

This section will not appear if the selected text object uses a font that is not found on the user's computer.  In this case, select a different font to make the section appear.

 

 

 


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