The Text feature allows you to use your computer keyboard to quickly type text directly onto you mat. There are three different ways to add a text box to your mat.
(1) Select the Add Text button from the Image Drawer.
(2) Click Text from the Top Tool bar.
(3) Click Add Text Box within the Text tools.
When you are satisfied with your text, click Done in the Quick Type Tool. You can now move the text anywhere on the mat. If you need to edit the text, select your text on the mat and click the green Edit Text button that appears in order to make your changes.
If you ungroup the text to edit individual letters within your text, you will no longer be able to edit the text using the features in the Text Tools.
Selecting a Font
The Font Cartridge menu is located just below the Add New Text Box button in the Text Tools. Use this menu any time you wish to change the font used in a text box. This list only contains cartridges with alpha-numeric images. The fonts you can cut are listed at the top under My Fonts.
The Creative Feature menu is located just below the Font Cartridge Menu in the Text Tools. Use this menu any time you wish to change the creative feature used when typing. For example, there may be Shadow, Blackout, or other features available for the cartridge selected in the Font Cartridge menu. To learn more about Creative Features, check out Creative Feature Tabs and Shift Key in the Finding Images help section.
- Editing Text Properties
The Text Size selector is located just below the Creative Feature menu in the Text Tools. Use the Text Size selector any time you wish to increase or decrease the font size. You can also use the image handles to resize your text.
The Letter Spacing selector is located just below the Text Size selector in the Text Tools. Letter spacing is also known as kerning. Increasing the value in the letter spacing box will move letters farther apart. A smaller or negative number will bring the letters closer together. You can use letter spacing to make your letters overlap and weld together. Welding letters is a great way to cut words as a single image so each letter is connected to another. If a word is not welded or connected, each letter will cut separately.
What is the difference between Character Space and Block? Character Space format is more commonly used when welding letters together. This setting spaces letters based on how the shapes relate to one another. For example, if you type the letters P and j, the j curves underneath the P.
In Block format, the letters will be spaced as if they had a box around them. With the letters P and j, the j will be moved farther away from the P so that the j does not curve underneath the P.
The Slant selectors are located below Letter Spacing selector in the Text Tools. Use the Slant selectors any time you wish to slant a selected group of letters horizontally or vertically. The slant feature can be a fun way to customize the look of your text.