How to Use Text Styles

Text on a map often serves the role of symbol, indicating important features and helping to distinguish features from each other. Like styles and symbols, text for features should share the same text style. For example, it is traditional to represent natural features on a map with serif fonts and cultural features with sans-serif fonts. Ortelius comes loaded with Text styles designed to work together for mapping. Text for roads, rivers, oceans and more are included.

Ortelius saves text effects to be easily applied later. Use the Fonts panel to edit fonts and create ad-hoc text styles. Use the Style Dropper to pick up text styles from one text object and apply them to others. Use the Style Inspector to save text styles for future use.

To Apply Text Styles:

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  1. Choose a Text tool.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Choose a text style from the Styles & Symbols palette, then place your text.
  • Select text that is in your drawing and double-click a text style in the Styles & Symbols palette to apply.

To Create a Style for a Text Object:

  1. Choose the Text [t] or Text Path [e] tool.
  2. Place your text.
  3. With the text selected, use the Fonts panel to edit the style properties.

To Reset the Text Style to the Default:

With the Text [t] or Text Path [e] tool active, or with a text object selected, do one of the following:

  • Click the ‘Reset’ button in the Format Bar to reset to the default style (Helvetica Regular 14pt).
  • Click the ‘Reset’ button in the Style Inspector to reset to the default style (Helvetica Regular 14pt).

To Add Text Using Existing Text Styles:

  1. Open the Styles & Clip Art palette.
  2. Choose the Text [t] or Text Path [e] tool from the Tools palette.
  3. Choose a text style from the Styles & Clip Art palette.
  4. Add your text.
  5. Continue adding text objects as desired (subsequent text objects have the same style properties until they are changed).
  6. Click the Esc-key to end editing and return to the Select tool, or choose the Select [s] tool from the main menu.

To change text styles, click once onto a different text style in the Styles & Clip Art palette and continue.

To Apply a Different Text Style to Existing Text:

With the text object selected, do one of the following:

  • Double-click a text style from the Styles & Clip Art palette.
  • In the Fonts Panel, edit the style properties as desired.
  • Click the ‘Reset’ button in the Format Bar (or Style Inspector) to reset to the default text style, edit the text style as desired.

To “Quick Pick-up” Another Text Object’s Style while Placing Text:

  1. Choose the Text [t] tool.
  2. Hold the CMND-key to activate the Style Dropper without switching tools.
  3. With the cursor (it will look like an empty style dropper), click a text object with the text style to be picked up.
  4. Release the CMND-key and continue.

To Copy a Text Style From a Existing Text to Another:

  1. Choose the Style Dropper [d] tool.
  2. With the cursor (it will look like an empty style dropper), click a text object that you want to pick up its style.
  3. With the cursor (it will look like a full style dropper), click a text object(s) that you want to receive the style.
  4. To pick up a different text style while the Style Dropper tool is still active, press the OPTION/Alt key while clicking a text object.
  5. Alternatively, do the following:
  • With the text object selected, right-click and choose ‘Copy Style…’ from the contextual menu, right-click a text object to receive the style and choose ‘Paste Style…’ from the contextual menu.

To Copy a Text Style from One Text Object to Multiple Text Objects:

Do one of the following:

  • Right-click the text object with the style to be picked up and choose ‘Copy Style…’ from the contextual menu, choose the Select [s] tool and select the text objects to receive the style, choose Edit > Style > Paste Style… from the main menu.
  • Choose the Select [s] tool and select a text object with the style to be copied, choose Edit > Style > Copy Style… from the main menu, select the text objects to receive the style, choose Edit > Style > Paste Style… from the main menu.

To Save a Text Style to the Library:

Optionally, use the Style Inspector to name your text style and add it to “My Collection…” for future use.

  1. Open the Style Inspector.
  2. Add text and use the Fonts panel to define its style properties.
  3. In the Style Inspector, with the text object still selected, click onto the ad-hoc style name, highlight it and type a new text style name.
  4. Optionally, click the text ‘Optional description’ and type a description for your new style.
  5. Click the ‘Add to User’s Collection…’ button. The Library Manager is launched and the text style is added to My Library > My Collection.

New styles are immediately available in the Styles & Clip Art Palette where you can use them when placing text.