Text Format-Related Tasks

These tasks are useful when editing text Format parameters, including changing fonts, moving the text insertion point, and adjusting kerning.

For information on the controls in the Text Format pane, see Text Controls in the Format Pane.

To preview different fonts for text in the Canvas
  1. Select the text.

  2. In the Format pane of the Text Inspector, click the Family list arrow.

    The font family list appears.

    Figure. Font Family list in the Format pane of the Text tab.
  3. Drag the pointer in the font list up or down to preview fonts.

    As you drag through the font family list, the text changes in the Canvas to the currently selected font.

  4. Once you have chosen a font, release the mouse button.

    Note: You can also use the scroll bar , the wheel of a three-button mouse, or a two-finger swipe on a Multi-Touch trackpad to move up and down the font list.

To move the text insertion point
  • Use the Right Arrow and Left Arrow keys to move the insertion point between adjacent characters.

  • To jump to the beginning of a text line, press Command-Left Arrow.

  • To jump to the end of a text line, press Command-Right Arrow.

  • To jump to the beginning of the word, press Option-Left Arrow.

  • To jump to the end of the word, press Option-Right Arrow.

  • To move the insertion point through multiple lines of text (of a single text layer), use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys.

To kern individual text characters
  1. Click the Text tool (or press T).

  2. In the Canvas, position the insertion point (click the mouse button) in between the characters you want to kern, and do one of the following:

    • Use the Kerning slider or value field to set a specific kerning value.

    • Press Control-Right Arrow to increase the space between the characters by one-pixel increments.

      Figure. Canvas window showing text being kerned.
    • Press Control-Left Arrow to reduce the space between the characters by one-pixel increments.