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3.5 Text

This lesson goes over all of the text-related dockers, including Text Properties, Insert Character, and Font Playground. We'll continue what we learned in Chapter 2 with more options to create and manipulate text within our document.

3.5 Text

Welcome to Getting Started with Corel Draw. I'm Mary Winkler for Tuts Plus. In this lesson we'll focus on the Text docker and what fantastic options it has to offer when it comes to creating and manipulating text within your document. To start, let's open the Text Properties docker. You'll find it under Windows > Text > Text Properties. Shortcut CTRL+T, using the text tool, shortcut F8, write out some text. I'll resize mine so it's easily seen by you. In Text Properties you can easily and quickly change the uniform fill of your selected text, do so now. I'll change mine to purple. You'll also have font faces, sizes and other character options available at the ready. We explored text options with the Text tool in the second chapter of this course. Choose a font you like from the machine, play with font and fill and quickly and easily apply a gradient to your text. Other gradients can be created or found on Corel's content exchange. You can also add a background color or an outline to your text. For the outline options, you have the choice of stroke, weight and color. If you hit the ellipsis to the right, you'll find it opens the outline pen, giving you more outline options. Having these tools and options at the ready contribute so much to your productivity in the program as well as reducing the amount of time you spend looking for tools, dockers, or how to do something. I find dockers like the text properties to be well organized and a fantastic asset to Corel Draw. The other character options are useful for playing with number styles and glyphs, but whether they're usable or not depend on the font you're using. We'll cover glyphs and such in a moment. In the meanwhile, let's press on to play with paragraph options. Move your text aside and create a text box with the text tool. Go to Text > Paragraph > Text > Frame > Insert Placeholder Text. This will give us plenty of type to show off the paragraph options. Minimize the character options or scroll down in the docker. You have various options for where your text is aligned, text indentation, paragraph spacing, and character spacing. Play with the arrows of these different options to see how they change the text within your text box. Frame options affect your text on the whole within your text box. You can change styles, background colors, and alignment within the box itself, versus just your paragraph or just selected text. Let's move on to a related docker, Font Playground. Go to Window > Dockers > Text > Font Playground. This docker allows you to compare font faces and sizes at a glance with samples of text, quite a useful tool in planning out font options for a layout design. Here, you can select a font or two, or three, and compare their looks. Check out serifs versus sans serifs, bold black fonts versus lighter fonts, and more. Adjust their size and see how readable several similar or extremely different fonts are at a glance. You can also show additional font information or just focus on a single font at several sizes. As I said, quite a useful tool. Finally, we'll check out the Insert Character docker which gives you access to all of your selected font's glyphs in order to add or replace a character. The docker is under Windows > Dockers > Text > insert character. Scroll along through the various glyphs and add or replace characters at a whim. Highlight your chosen character to replace it and select one from the docker. You can also break down glyphs by category depending on what sort of character you're looking for, whether it's fractions, arrows or alternative alphabets. If you installed font has these options, you'll find them here. Thank you so much for watching this lesson on the text dockers found in Corel Draw. In our next lesson, we'll finish off chapter 3 with a short lesson on corner properties.

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