Text Tools

Add and edit a text box or text on a path.

Text Box Tool

Artboard Text Box Tool

  1. Choose the Text [t]  tool, do one of the following:
    • Click onto your drawing canvas to place the text box, or
    • Press and drag to place a custom sized text box.
  2. Begin typing.
  3. To end typing, do one of the following:
    • Click on the drawing canvas to place another text box, or
    • Click the ESC key to end typing and return to the Select tool, or
    • Choose the Select tool or another drawing tool.

HINT: If you prefer to have the RETURN key end editing, turn OFF (uncheck) ‘Return-key inserts a new line when editing text boxes’ in the ‘Artboard > Preferences…’ Editing pane; while disabled, use SHIFT + RETURN key to insert a new line in multi-line text.

Edit Text

  1. Double-click existing text with the Select [s] tool to make the text active for editing.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Start typing to replace the selected text, or
    • Click to place the cursor within the selected text to insert new text.
  3. To end text editing, click outside of the text box or press the ESC key.

Expand the Text Box When Some Content is Hidden

When text extends beyond the confines of the text box an indicator “+” is shown in the lower right-hand corner.

  1. Drag the Text bounding box with the Select [s] tool to enlarge.

HINT: Text in a box will not be visible if the font size is larger than the text box. Use the sizing handles on the text box to make it bigger, or right-click the text box and choose ‘Fit To Text’ from the contextual menu.

Text Path Tool

Artboard Text Path Tool

Artboard makes curved text beautifully. A bit of practice is all it takes to give your curved text an expert look. Text On Path uses curves with the same controls as the Bezier Path tool.

  1. Choose the Text Path [e]  tool.
  2. Press and drag to place the starting point for your text on a path, release the cursor and continue placing points along the curve.
  3. Double click (or hit ESC key) to end the path.
  4. Begin typing.
  5. To end typing, do one of the following:
    • Click on the drawing canvas to place another text path, or
    • Click the ESC key to end typing and return to the Select tool.
  6. With the Select [s] tool, adjust the curve handles as desired.

HINT: It is a good practice to keep your text curves simple. With only two points you can create smooth c-shaped and s-shaped curves simply by adjusting the points themselves (the orange dots) and the curve handles (the blue squares). The longer the curve handles, the steeper your curve. Experiment by moving the curve handles around and altering the shape of the curve.

Edit Text On Path

  1. Double-click the text with the Select [s] tool to edit (make sure you click onto a letter when double-clicking to recognize the selection).
  2. When selected, the text to be edited will float above the path and be highlighted.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Start typing to replace the selected text, or
    • Click to place the cursor within the selected text to insert new text.

Flip Text On Path

Like normal paths, Text On Path has a direction from its start point to its end point. Text On Path follows the direction of the path – typically reading from left to right. To flip upside-down text:

  1. To draw text upside-down, start the path from right to left.
  2. To flip text that is upside-down, choose ‘Edit > Path > Reverse’ from the main menu.

Fit Text to a Shape

Paste Text Clipping Path to fit text to any shape, for example an arc.

  1. Use the Text Path [e] tool to place your text on your drawing canvas (don’t worry about the shape of the path).
  2. Next, draw a shape.
  3. While the shape is selected, copy it to the clipboard.
  4. Select the text and choose ‘Edit > Paste Text Clipping Path’ from the main menu. The text will now follow the path of the object.

HINT: To wrap text only partially around a circle, use the Arc tool to draw an arc to the desired length and paste it onto your text using the above method.

Appearance

Choose the Text Tab to change the appearance of the Font (Text Style).