Canvas X Draw provides three ways to format text: the Properties bar, Text menu, and Type palette. The Type palette is also used when you create and save paragraph and character styles. (See Working with Type Styles.)
You must apply or save the new settings before clicking the pointer anywhere outside the Type palette. If you don’t, the settings will be lost.
When you use menu commands or the Properties bar to apply formatting, the settings you choose affect the document immediately. However, with the Type palette, the settings take effect when you click Apply. You do not have to click Apply before switching to another tab within the Type palette; Canvas X Draw remembers all changes and applies them simultaneously with one click.
Select the characters you want to change. Choose the formatting you want to apply.
Select text in the paragraph you want to change, or place the insertion point anywhere in the paragraph. Choose the formatting you want to apply.
When you create a new text object, Canvas X Draw applies a preset format to text you type. You can define the preset format for new text objects. To establish or modify the preset, follow these steps:
Canvas X Draw uses the specified settings to format new text objects that you create.
Set the format for text you are about to type without changing the preset format for new text objects.
When using various tools to create or select text objects, the text formatting options appear in the Properties bar. Format your text using the Properties bar options in addition to the Type palette (Text | Type) and Text menu commands.
Select one from the menu. The font applies to selected text objects, highlighted text, or the next text you type.
Select a size or enter one and press Enter. The size applies to selected text objects, highlighted text, or the next text you type. To increase the font size, you can also click the +A. To decrease the font size, you can click -A.
Select an option or enter a value and press Enter.
Specify percentages (horizontal & vertical) by which you want to scale the current type size.
Insert spacing before or after a paragraph by entering values in the fields.
Select top, bottom, center, or justify.
Click buttons to assign standard text styles.
Select left, right, center, decimal, or comma from the menu and then click in the ruler to set the tab. (See Positioning Tabs.)
Select an option from the menu or enter a value and press Enter.
In Windows, the Font menu may also be set to display in single or multi-column mode.
Use this palette to quickly view and apply fonts, font styles, as well as type size.
Choose Window | Palettes | View Fonts. Use the scroll bar to view the available fonts.
Clicking the Plain button turns off all active appearance styles. Clicking an active appearance style button turns the style off.
On Windows systems, Canvas X Draw uses fonts installed in the Fonts folder. You can access the Fonts folder via the Control Panel. Use the Install New Font command in the File menu to add fonts to your system. You can also drag and drop font files or font file shortcuts to the Fonts folder. To specify that you want to see only TrueType fonts in your programs, you can use the Options command in the Views menu.
Canvas X Draw can use fonts that are properly installed as described above. If fonts that you use in another application are not available in Canvas X Draw, that application probably stores its fonts in a different location and has its own font management capabilities.
There are three types of fonts widely available: PostScript, TrueType, and OpenType. You can’t distinguish the three types in the Canvas X Draw menus; however, you should be aware of the different types of fonts you have, because each font is best suited for particular purposes.
When typing in Canvas X Draw, all entered letters are not stored as Unicode characters, although they are exported as such in some of the export formats; e.g., HTML or SVG. However, the current script/code-page of the font is used (obtained from the system). Thus, the user can type in his regional alphabet if the user has the right font that supports it; e.g., Arial-CE for a Central European languages or MSMincho for Japanese.
Choose from standard type sizes using either the Properties bar, Text menu, Type palette, or Fonts palette. To reduce or increase a font size in 1-point increments, choose Text | Size. You can also increase/decrease text size in 1-point increments by using the keyboard commands Ctrl+Shift+< (Reduce) or Ctrl+Shift+> (Increase).
Styles can be chosen and applied with either the Properties bar, Text menu, or Type palette.
Font styles can be categorized into three groups: appearance, capitalization, and baseline position. You can apply multiple appearance styles to the same text; however, you are restricted to one each of capitalization and baseline styles.
Appearance styles include plain, bold, italic, underline, outline, shadow, small caps, and strikethrough. Except for the Plain option, use as many of these appearances as you like on the same text. Depending on the typeface, using certain styles might not have the desired effect, and can even make text appear ugly when printed; e.g., applying bold to a heavy weight typeface can make characters look too thick. Similarly, applying italic to an already italicized font might exaggerate the slant of the characters.
Applying the Plain setting removes other font styles that have been applied to revert text to its standard appearance.
Capitalization styles format text as uppercase, lowercase, or title (first letter of each word capitalized) styles. Apply one of these capitalization styles to the same text: Normal, Upper, Lower, and Title.
Canvas X Draw does not change the type size of superscript and subscript text. Unless you reduce the type size of shifted text, the line size increases by the amount of the baseline shift. As a result, the line spacing might change, depending on the leading setting. If you don’t want the line spacing to change, reduce the type size of shifted text by the same amount (or more) of the baseline shift, or you can specify leading in points. (See Setting Line and Paragraph Spacing.)
If you use the Style submenu to change baseline position, you can choose either Superscript or Subscript to shift text the baseline by roughly 27 to 33 percent of point size of the line; e.g., superscript text in a line of 12-point text appears 4.0 points above the normal baseline.
If you use the Character tab of the Type palette to change the baseline position, you can specify the exact distance (in points) of the text above or below the normal baseline.