Working with Text
Text in Rectangular Boundary
To add a text box:
- Press the T key.
Click on the Text tool in the Tools panel. Make sure that the Text Box mode is activated in the Control panel.
- Place the cursor on the canvas to define the location of a corner of a new text box.
- Holding down the left mouse button, move the cursor to start drawing the text box.
- Release the mouse button when the text box is the proper size. As a result, you will have a text box containing the default text.
- Type in or paste new text.
To exit the text editing mode, press the Escape key.
Editing and Formatting Text
To edit text in your document, double-click on it with the Move or Selection tool. Alternatively, you can start editing text by clicking on it with the Text tool. The built-in text editor provides basic capabilities for editing and formatting text.
Apart from the text itself, you can change its font, color and other properties as described in the Properties of Text section. The most important properties can be found in the Control panel located above the canvas.
Editing Text as Paths
You can convert a text object to paths using the Modify > Expand command from the main menu. Then you can edit each character as paths and anchor points using the respective tools. Note that after expanding a text object it will not be possible to edit it as text nor change its formatting.
Modifying the Boundary
To resize or rotate the boundary, drag the corresponding corner or side handle as explained in the Move, Resize and Rotate Objects section.
The boundary of a text box can also be modified as a path with the Selection, Pen and other tools. So, you can create a "text in a shape" object by customizing a rectangular text box.
Modifier Keys and Shortcut Summary
- T activates the Text tool.
- Shift-T activates the Text on Path tool.
- Option-T activates the Text in Shape tool.
Text tool modifier key:
- Command switches to either Move or Selection tool depending on which of them was active most recently.