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Working with Text Objects

Several text formatting options are available through the main menu. Choose Text > to choose from styles, alignment, case, kerning, and more. The Fonts panel offers font selection and custom effects, including outline, shadow, and mask. Align, tighten and loosen kerning, change case and baseline are available menu options and keyboard shortcuts. Font effects and options can be applied to blocks of text, individual words, and and even individual glyphs. For full creative control, text can be converted to a graphic shape or path to allow any drawing manipulation.

To Add and Edit Text:

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  1. Choose the Text [t] tool.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Click on your drawing canvas to place the text box.
  • Press and drag to place a custom size text box.

3. Begin typing.
4. To end typing, do one of the following:

  • Click on the drawing canvas to place another text box.
  • Click the Esc-key to end typing and return to the Select tool.
  • Choose the Select tool or another drawing tool.

HINT: If you prefer to have the Return-key end editing, disable (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.

To Edit Existing 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.
  • Click to place the cursor within the selected text to insert new text.

3. Click outside of the text box, or the Esc-key, to end editing.

To Expand the Text Box When Some Content is Hidden:

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

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.

To Add Text On a Path:

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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 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.
  • 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.

To Edit Text on a Path:

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  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.
  • Click to place the cursor within the selected text to insert new text.

4. Open the Font panel to change the font and appearance of text.

To Change Text Alignment Along the Path:

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Text On Path has “Justified” alignment by default, giving it a stretched appearance across the entire length of the path.

  • Choose Text > Align > Left / Right / Justified / Center to change text along a path to your desired alignment.

Flipping Upside-down Text:

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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.

  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.

To Fit Text to a Shape (for example a circle)

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In addition to drawing a Bezier curve with the Text Path tool, you can fit text to any shape.

  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. Begin typing.
  3. To end typing, do one of the following:
  • Click the Esc-key to end typing and return to the Select tool.
  • Choose another drawing tool.

4. Next, draw your shape.
5. While the shape is sected, copy it to the clipboard.
6. 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.

To Use Spreading (or Tracking) on Text:

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Text can be spread out across and area (called “tracking”).

  1. Select the text.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Hold the Option-Command keys and repeatedly pressing the right Arrow (end) key to spread text.
  • Choose Text > Kern > Loosen from the main menu. Repeat as necessary to get a wide spread.
  • Hold the Option-Command keys and repeatedly pressing the left Arrow (end) key to tighten tracking.
  • Choose Text > Kern > Tighten from the main menu. Repeat as necessary to tighten the spread.
  • Choose Text > Kern > Use Default from the main menu to reset to the original tracking.

HINT: Tracking command may also used to add (or tighten) space between selected letters, rather than the entire text box or path.

To Make Text Bigger, Smaller, Bold, Italic, and Underline:

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Modify text properties in the Fonts panel, or by choosing various Text > options in the main menu. Use the convenient keyboard shortcuts to quickly modify text properties.

Need multi-styled text? Text boxes can use multiple fonts, sizes, colors, and more in a single text box.

  1. Make text active for editing.
  2. Press and drag to highlight individual text or words for editing.
  3. Open the Font panel to change the font and appearance of text.

To Edit Text and Text Properties in the Object Inspector:

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The Object Inspector provides a controlled environment for text box editing, styling, layout, alignment and advanced styling.

  • The text well in the Object Inspector shows the selected text, which can be edited directly or from this interface.
  • Layout and vertical alignment controls are available for text-box and text on path.
  • Variable vertical alignment is further controlled with the slider bar.
  • Wrap lines is the default setting and enables a long string of text to flow to multiple lines within the text box.
  • Angle and text justification settings are available.
  • Click onto the color wells to change font, outline, and mask colors.
  • The “A” font button opens the Fonts palette, further enabling font and font size settings from this interface.
  • Advanced styling includes text outline and text mask.

To Make Shape Objects from Text and True Type Fonts:

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Text and True Type Fonts (TTF) can be converted into individual editable shape objects. These new shape objects can be further styled, grouped, and saved as clip art as desired.

  1. Place text in the drawing area using the Text Box tool. Choose the font you want to use, or choose Edit > Special Characters from the main menu to open the Special Characters window.
  2. After typing, select the text box and choose Graphic > Convert To > Shape or Graphic > Convert To > Shape Group from the main menu (or right click and choose ‘Convert To…’ from the contextual menu). When converted to shape, the entire block of text is one shape. When converted to shape group, you can Ungroup to obtain each glyph as a separate object.
  3. To further explode and modify multi-layered objects, choose Graphic > Combine > Break Apart from the main menu and modify the shape or re-color individual components.

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Working with Images in Ortelius

To Adjust Image Size and Rotation:

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Do one of the following:

  • Using the Select [s] tool, drag the sizing handles located around the outside edges of the image bounding box. Hold the Shift-key while dragging to constrain the aspect ratio.
  • Drag the direct rotate handle located to the right of the center point. Note the center point (light blue cross-hair) can be moved to reposition the rotation centroid. Hold the SHIFT-key while rotating to constrain the rotation angle to 15-degree increments.
  • With the image selected, enter numeric dimensions for object width, height, and/or rotation in the Geometry pane.

To Mask (and Crop) Images:

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  1. Using the Select [s] tool, double-click the image to make it active for editing. The bounding box is highlighted with a dashed line.
  2. Move any of the image’s bounding box handles to adjust the bounding box.
  3. Press and drag the image to reposition it within its bounding box.
  4. Drag the slider up or down to resize (scale) the image within its bounding box.
  5. Click off of the image to finish editing.

HINT: Image Mask is non-destructive. To return to the original image bounding box, right-click the image and choose “Fit To Image” from the contextual menu.
HINT: To permanently crop and resample the image to fit the new bounding box, right-click and choose “Crop and Resample” from the contextual menu.

To Clip an Image Using a Shape:

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  1. Place the image in your drawing.
  2. Draw any shape to be the clipping shape – from a simple shape to a complex outline of the area you want to clip.
  3. Overlap the shape over the image.
  4. Select both the image and shape and do one of the following:
  • Choose Graphic > Combine > Intersect from the main menu.
  • Click the Intersect icon on the toolbar.
  • Use the Shift-Command-I keyboard shortcut.

HINT: Clipping an image with a shape is non-destructive. To return to the original image bounding box, right-clicking the image and choose “Remove Image Clipping Path” from the contextual menu.
HINT: To permanently crop and resample a clipped image , right click and choose “Crop and Resample Image” from the contextual menu.

To Adjust Image and Effects:

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  1. With the Select [s] tool, double-click an image. The image will become active for editing.
  2. In the Image Edit panel, adjust its properties, such as exposure and saturation, or choose from a variety of image preset effects.
  3. Click off of the image to finish editing.

HINT: Image adjustments and effects are permanent within your saved drawing.

To Add a Border to an Image:

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Any line style can be added to an image to create a nice framed border effect.

  1. Select an image.
  2. In the Styles & Clip Art palette, double-click a line style to apply it to your image.

For example, we’ve applied the “Frame – Earth Tone Matted” from the “Frame Styles” category. Note that fill styles will completely fill over the image and should not be used. Alternatively, choose a clip art border that has been designed as a frame, such as “Day at the Beach,” and place it over the image resizing as necessary.

To Take a Picture Using the FaceTime Camera:

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  1. Choose File > Take Picture… from the main menu to open the Picture Taker window.
  2. Click the camera ‘Take picture’ button and smile! Adjust the picture scale and position as desired.
  3. Click ‘Done’ when you’re ready to place the photo into your drawing.

HINT: The Recent Pictures drop-down displays recently taken pictures and you can choose from pictures locally stored on your computer.

Image crop with Artboard OS X

How To Clip Images with Complex Objects

Artboard makes it easy to clip your images with complex vector objects. Draw any shape and use the Intersect command. Here’s how.

Tutorial Details

Program : Artboard 1.7+ for Mac OSX
Difficulty: Intermediate
Topics Covered: Image Browser and Intersect
Estimated Completion Time: about 15 minutes

Step 1 – Draw the Clipping Shape

Open the Image Browser and drag-and-drop from the Browser to your drawing canvas to place your image. Draw any shape – from a simple rounded rectangle to a complex outline of the area you want to clip. Here we’ve used the Bezier Path [b]tool to draw an outline around the girl in the picture. We used a simple red stroke with no fill to better see the outline as we traced over the picture.

Step 2 – Clip the Image

To clip the image with your shape, hold the Command-key and use the Select [s] tool to select both the image and the shape. Then click the Intersect icon on the Toolbar, or choose Graphic > Combine > Intersect from the main menu. Clipping images is non-destructive – an image that is clipped still has the original image hidden behind the clipped area, and the clipping path can be removed later as desired. Double-click the image to reposition it or scale it within its bounding box. An image effects panel is also displayed. If you want to remove the clipping path, right-click the image and choose “Remove Image clipping path” from the contextual menu.

Step 3 – Mask and Resample Image (optional)

An image with a clipping path can be permanently cropped to remove portions of the image that are hidden, thus reducing overall file size. Cropped images are resampled to the clipped area. To crop a clipped image, right-clicking the image and choose “Crop and resample image” from the contextual menu.

Final Image

Clipping images in Artboard is as easy as 1-2-3! We hope you enjoy the simplicity of how it works just like the Boolean operations with any vector objects.

Image Mask and Crop

Inspired Image Editing

We are as focused on improving existing features as we are creating new ones. This one is just for you. Artboard can now crop and mask using Boolean intersection of shapes; select, scale, and reposition images within a frame; adjust exposure, saturation, image effects, and more.  Read more