Text-O-Matic is all about… text! It’s no surprise that the bulk of the editor features deal with text. This is one of three articles about text layers. The other two are about Envelope Text Layers and Path Text Layers, which are available as part of the Advanced Typography Add-on.
To add a text layer to your project, tap the TEXT icon in the floating menu as shown below.
Once you have typed in your text and tapped Create, a new text layer will be added with the default font and the default color. The floating editor will open to the text controls for the newly selected layer.
To change the size and inter-character spacing of the text, tap the Size icon which will open the font size and character spacing tray.
Drag your finger around the circle, or click and drag, to change the size value. You can also tap or click around the circle to jump to a size. Finally, you can fine-tune the size with the plus and minus icons. Swipe your finger above or below the size control to change to the Character spacing tab. You can also tap or click on the tab itself to change.
To change the text color, tap the color icon which will open the color tray seen here.
The color controls are quite extensive, and are covered in a separate article.
To change the font…
The font menu presents two lists; built-in, and system. The built-in fonts are carefully curated to provide a wide range of styles, including hand-drawn fonts, in multiple variations. If you want to share projects with your designer friends, using the built-in fonts assures that they will be able to open and edit the files on their devices.
The System tab shows the fonts that are currently installed on your Windows device. This allows you to use typefaces you may find elsewhere and install on your device. Keep in mind that if you share a project containing system fonts with your friends, then they must have the same font installed on their devices.
By default, text is displayed in a single line. You can enter line breaks in the text create/edit dialog to make multi-line text. Or, you can assign a fixed width to the text to force word-wrapping.
Once text is in a fixed-width block, you can adjust justification and line height. Set the block width to zero again to reset to a single line of text.
The next icon around the control dial is Rotate, though it also contains much more.
In the image above you can see that the text is mirrored horizontally, then rotated. Tap the H Mirror or V Mirror buttons to flip the text (or any selected object). The CCW and CW buttons will force rotation in the cardinal 90 degree increments. For example, if you tapped CW on the object above, it would snap to zero degrees. Tapping again would snap to 90 degrees, and so on.
The Nudge tab is where fine adjustments to an object’s position can be made in one or ten pixel increments.
Just like the Rotate button, the Nudge tab is available for all layer types. You can leave it open and move it around while you make fine adjustments on various objects. If your device has a keyboard, you can also nudge with the arrow keys. The arrows move one pixel at a time, and if you hold the Ctrl key with the arrows, objects will move ten pixels at a time.
The final button is Transform which will change your text block into either warp-able envelope text, or text on a curve or circle, or path text.
While you can change the attributes (font, color, etc.) of your text after it is converted to one of these advanced typography types, it makes it easier to get it close to the desired size before converting it.
That’s it! Please check out the Envelope Text and Path Text articles to learn about the Advanced Typography layer types.