Lesson 4

Work with Advanced Text Features, Corner Effects, and Drop Shadows

 

OBJECTIVE:

In this lesson, you will position type on a line, convert type to outlines, and apply drop shadows and corner effects to graphics.

Sample Solution

Lesson:  Position type on a line

  1. Click the Selection tool, then click the yellow diagonal line
  2. Click the Type on a Path tool, then position the pointer over the yellow line until a plus sign appears beside it
  3. Click the yellow line--a blinking type cursor appears at the top of the yellow line
  4. Type the word 'happy' in lower-case letters
  5. Double-click happy, change the font to None, and the Stroke button changes to yellow, because these are the attributes of the line that the type is positioned on, not the type itself
  6. Change the stroke color to None
  7. Position the word happy as shown in the sample solution
  8. Press and hold Shift-Alt, the drag a copy of the word happy into the blue area beneath the orange triangle
  9. Click the Type on a Path tool, double-click happy, then type 'halloween'
  10. Click the Selection tool, then position the word halloween as shown in the sample solution

Summary:  You used the Type on a Path tool to position text on a diagonal line.  You then created a copy of the text to create another word on the identical angle.

Lesson:  Convert text to outlines

  1. Click the Selection tool, then select the 'happy' text
  2. Click Type (on the Application bar), then click Create Outlines
  3. Select the 'halloween' text
  4. Click Type (on the Application bar), then click Create Outlines
  5. Click the Direct Selection tool--the halloween text has been converted to nine paths

Summary:  You converted text to outlines.

Lesson:  Place graphics into outlines

  1. Deselect all, click the Selection tool, then click the word 'happy'
  2. Click File (on the Application bar), click Place, navigate to the server folder, then place Blue clouds.tif
  3. Click Object (on the Application bar), point to Fitting, then click Fit Content to Frame
  4. Deselect all, verify that the Selection tool is selected, click the Orange clouds.tif graphic visible in the triangle in the top-right corner, click Edit (on the Application bar), then click Copy
  5. Click the word 'halloween,' click Edit (on the Application bar), then click Paste Into
  6. Click Object (on the Application bar), point to Fitting, click Fit Content to Frame, deselect all, compare your page to the sample solution

Summary:  You used two methods for using a graphic to fill text outlines.  You placed a graphic into text outlines, then pasted a graphic into text outlines.

Lesson:  Apply drop shadows

  1. Click the Selection tool, then select the compound path in the top-right corner of the orange triangle
  2. Click Object (on the Application bar), point to Effects, then click Drop Shadow
  3. Accept the default settings in the dialog box, then click OK
  4. Select the words 'happy' and 'halloween' click Object (on the Application bar), point to Effects, then click Drop Shadow
  5. Click the Preview check box
    [TIP:  Move the Effects dialog box if it is blocking your view of the selected text]
  6. Click the Set shadow color box, click Blue in the Effect Color dialog box, then click OK
  7. Change the Opacity to 40%
  8. In the X Offset text box, type a minus sign before the current number so that the offset is a negative number, then click OK
  9. Apply a 1 pt. blue stroke to the letters, deselect
  10. Save your work
  11. Create a PDF file by clicking File (on the Application bar), then Export, change the file type to PDF
  12. Close Halloween Invitation and Halloween Witch
  13. Post the file to the Hulk server

Summary:  You applied a drop shadow using the default settings in the Effects dialog box.  You then formatted and applied drop shadows to two text outlines.  You also applied a stroke to text outlines that contain placed graphics.