Working with Text

Properties of Text

The Control panel gives you quick access to the most frequently used properties. For extra option, you can use the

Text Properties in the Control Panel

Text properties are displayed in the Control panel when you activate the Text tool or select text. The panel is usually located above the canvas.

Properties of text in the Control panel

1 - Select the type of a new text object: text in a text box, text along a path, or text inside a shape. You should select one of the types before creating a new text object.

2 - Select a font. You can also select fonts in the standard Fonts pane (Cmd-T).

3 - Select a typeface. This drop-down list shows typefaces actually available for the selected font.

4 - Set up the font size.

5 - Choose color. This button opens the Color panel.

6 - Select text alignment.

7 - Make text bold, italic, underlined, or crossed out. Notice that these buttons repeat options that can be present in the list of typefaces (3). Some of the buttons may make no change if the corresponding typeface is not provided by the selected font.

8 - Restore the original look of the text. This function is supported only by distortable text.

Text Properties in the Appearance Panel

In order to access text properties, open the Appearance panel by choosing Window > Appearance from the main menu. Notice that the Appearance panel lets you change the font size and color directly.

The Appearance panel with a text object listed

Then click on the gear icon of a text object.

The Text Properties panel with text formatting options.

1 - Select a font.

2 - Select a typeface.

3 - Make text bold, italic, underlined, or crossed out.

4 - Set up the font size.

5 - Change the kerning.

6 - Select the text alignment.

7 - Set up the line spacing.

8 - Set up the amount of space after a paragraph. If the whole text box is selected, this control affects all paragraphs. In the editing mode, you can select one or several paragraphs. In this case, spacing after selected paragraphs will be changed.

9 - Adjust the text color.

10 - Change the baseline.

11 - Set up the paragraph indent width.

12 - Set up the amount of space before a paragraph. If the whole text box is selected, this control affects all paragraphs. In the editing mode, you can select one or several paragraphs. In this case, spacing before selected paragraphs will be changed.