Using the Text HUD

The Text HUD contains some of the most commonly adjusted text parameters, such as Opacity, type Family, and Color.

Note: If no HUD is present when the text is selected, press F7 or D to display the Text HUD.

Figure. HUD showing Text family and Typeface pop-up menus.

When a text layer and the Adjust 3D Transform tool (in the Toolbar) are selected, the 3D transform tools become available in the HUD. These additional controls allow you to transform the text object in X, Y, and Z dimensions, regardless of whether the group is 2D or 3D.

Figure. HUD showing text object with 3D controls.

For more information on using the 3D transform tools in the HUD, see 3D Transform HUD Controls.

When the Adjust Glyph tool is selected from the 2D transform tools in the Toolbar, the Attribute pop-up menu and 3D transform tools become available in the Text HUD. The Attribute menu specifies the glyph attribute to be modified. For more information on glyphs, see Working with Text Glyphs.

Text Parameters in the HUD

The Text HUD includes the following controls:

  • Opacity: By default, the opacity of text is set to 100%. Use the slider to change the opacity value of the text layer—the text face, outline, glow, and drop shadow. This is is the Opacity parameter located in the Properties tab of the Inspector. To individually change the text style elements (Face, Outline, Glow, and Drop Shadow), use the Style pane of the Text Inspector.
  • Color: Text color is white by default. Click the color well to display the Colors window and choose another color for the selected text. You can also Control-click a color well to display the pop-up color palette, then drag in the color spectrum to select a color.
  • Size: Text is created at 48 points by default. To change the point size of text, drag the Size slider.

    Note: The text Size sliders (in the HUD and in the Inspector) are limited to 288 points. To set the text to a larger point size, type a number in the Size field in the Format pane of the Text Inspector.

    Figure. Size control in the Format pane of the Text tab.
  • Tracking: Tracking applies a uniform value between each text character. Tracking is set to 0 by default. To change the tracking value of text, drag the Tracking slider left (for a negative tracking value) or right (for a positive tracking value).

    Note: The text Tracking sliders (in the HUD and in the Inspector) are limited to 100 points. To set a larger tracking value, type a number in the Tracking field in the Format pane of the Text Inspector.

  • Line Spacing: When working with multiple lines of text, drag the slider to change the space between lines of text. Dragging to the right (above 0) increases the line spacing and dragging to the left (below 0) creates negative line spacing.