New Text tool
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 2:55:10 PM
I just noticed a new text tool. It's an anchor tool with the selection being top, middle or bottom.

I don't see any explanation with it.

I selected each choice, but my text did not move. So if I place text and make a selection, what should I expect the result to be?

Thanks
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:00:55 PM
It doesn't do anything yet. It will be explained in time.
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 3:31:24 PM
Oh, thanks!
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 4:31:13 PM
MoonlightImagination wrote:
I just noticed a new text tool. It's an anchor tool with the selection being top, middle or bottom.

I don't see any explanation with it.

I selected each choice, but my text did not move. So if I place text and make a selection, what should I expect the result to be?

Thanks


The anchor determines where the text expands to, when you add additional lines.

It is a very important feature when you design text based designs like invitations, where some customers can get elaborate in their text and others keep it brief and to the point.

In business cards addresses can be very different some want their social media handle in it others don't so contact information can vary from three to eight lines.

You can anchor them to the top, center or bottom depending on the design, whether the contact information is at the top, center or bottom.
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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:23:10 PM
Sounds cool, looking forward to trying it out.
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 5:57:29 PM
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Here is an example of how it works. I made every text field multiline by adding a space in an extra line. Check it out and see how it works. Be aware you can still break the design but it is now a lot more flexible and caters the needs of more customers.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 8:25:44 AM
Roses Love

Thank you for the anchor option!
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 8:35:39 AM
That sounds great, but it seems like having a defined text box would be more effective. Adobe InDesign works this way that you can define how wide the text can go and how deep. I don't believe the anchor tool will work that way.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 8:58:55 AM
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Can't believe, a vertical text alignment option is being added! Ran to check and fell off my chair when seeing the icons.
That's a GREAT and amazingly helpful add for multiline texts. Pure awesomeness! Thanks guys, great job! Laughing
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 9:18:28 AM
MoonlightImagination wrote:
That sounds great, but it seems like having a defined text box would be more effective. Adobe InDesign works this way that you can define how wide the text can go and how deep. I don't believe the anchor tool will work that way.


Yep, Corel Draw has also a "graphic" text and a text box tool. The graphic text tool allows the entering of text without boundaries and is meant for short texts or titles etc. You can align the text horizontally and vertically and can have as many lines as you want, but you have to do the line break manually. The text box is a box that you can stretch to any size you want and that contains the text content you want, formatted practically at will. When you resize the box, the content formatting will not change.

The anchor tool is, as I've seen, a vertical text alignment option, where you can tell how multiline text has to flow. If you set it to top, the text will flow downwards when adding new lines and will maintain its top position, aligned middle, the text will flow in both directions, when bottom, it will flow upwards. Of course a defined text box would be the best choice to prevent text overflows in unwanted design areas, but this is already a great improvement.
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 9:26:20 AM
Just tested and works perfectly also in templates. Now that's a huge improvement. Awesome.
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 10:21:13 AM
Can somebody please explain to me how this new tool works and I see no option to turn it off... I see left, center and right, but not "none" or "off"

When and why do I need it and is center the default?

If Gimp has anything like this I haven't ever seen it, probably because I never use Gimp for text because of how clunky the text tool is.

And I don't use word either so this is totally unfamiliar to me.

help!

ETA: oh my bad... I see it is not left and right. it is top and bottom?


Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 10:30:11 AM
So am I understanding this right...

I want to allow extra lines of text if needed by the buyer so I add extra lines with a space ( I am assuming if I want 3 lines I need to add 2 extra lines)

now I anchor this text to the area of the design where it resides, top, center or bottom...

and now the customer can add up to 2 more lines of text with out it going wonky?

is that right?
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 10:39:16 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
So am I understanding this right...

I want to allow extra lines of text if needed by the buyer so I add extra lines with a space ( I am assuming if I want 3 lines I need to add 2 extra lines)

now I anchor this text to the area of the design where it resides, top, center or bottom...

and now the customer can add up to 2 more lines of text with out it going wonky?

is that right?

Check it out here on my test. click on personalize and add additional text lines and you see how the text flows depending on the setting. The actual setting was "middle". If you added lines on multiline text, the text flow was on both sides, up and down.

It's not about allowing new lines, it's about how multiline text flows when deleting/adding text lines.

There is no need to set it on and off, it's like left/center/right in horizontal alignment, you decide how the text flows vertically.

Check it out:



edit: yes, it affects only multiline text of course
edit 2: this is a functionality you usually have in graphic software such as Corel Draw and Illustrator, not in image editing software. Excel has it, too, to vertically align the text within a cell
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 10:57:32 AM
PetsDreamlands wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
So am I understanding this right...

I want to allow extra lines of text if needed by the buyer so I add extra lines with a space ( I am assuming if I want 3 lines I need to add 2 extra lines)

now I anchor this text to the area of the design where it resides, top, center or bottom...

and now the customer can add up to 2 more lines of text with out it going wonky?

is that right?

Check it out here on my test. click on personalize and add additional text lines and you see how the text flows depending on the setting. The actual setting was "middle". If you added lines on multiline text, the text flow was on both sides, up and down.

It's not about allowing new lines, it's about how multiline text flows when deleting/adding text lines.

There is no need to set it on and off, it's like left/center/right in horizontal alignment, you decide how the text flows vertically.

Check it out:



edit: yes, it affects only multiline text of course
edit 2: this is a functionality you usually have in graphic software such as Corel Draw and Illustrator, not in image editing software. Excel has it, too, to vertically align the text within a cell


Thank you friend! I will try your test

I tried my own and got totally unexpected results but now that I have read this post I think I understand why.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 11:06:11 AM
okay I think I kind of see what it does

anchor top flows down toward the bottom of the page

anchor center flows from the center to the right

anchor bottom flows up towards the top of the page

Thanks for the test file!
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 11:53:16 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
okay I think I kind of see what it does

anchor top flows down toward the bottom of the page

anchor center flows from the center to the right

anchor bottom flows up towards the top of the page

Thanks for the test file!

Anchor center flows from the center up and downwards, as it already did until now on multiline text, and it's the default, so the tool is compatible backwards with already existing designs. The anchor only affects vertical flow, the Justification tool flows horizontally. But yep, you got it.

This is extremely helpful when creating designs with multi line text templates. Now you can create as example a title text field and below the first 2 lines (to enable the multi line behavior) of your multiline text, set the anchor to top, and when the customer writes his text and adds more lines, the lines flow towards the bottom of the page and the first line remains perfectly below the title. Until now it was impossible to do that, because the text flow was in both directions (you had to trick it with empty lines). Another example: you write a text message placeholder on a postcard and position the first 2 lines on the upper half, where the text has to start, set the anchor to top and the customer can write his text and it flows downwards.

Created the test for myself to check it out, but glad to share. Happy
Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:47:13 PM
I've read all the posts and I'm still confused. Is there an explanation for dummies?

Laughing
Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:06:42 PM
reflections06 wrote:
I've read all the posts and I'm still confused. Is there an explanation for dummies?

Laughing


I think Scott said it would be explained further at a later time.

I don't even see the anchor button. Is it available to everyone or only a select few? Where is it located?
Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 2:40:54 PM
reflections06 wrote:
I've read all the posts and I'm still confused. Is there an explanation for dummies?

Laughing

LOL, I remember mid/late 90s there was a CD ROM tutorial series for dummies... Excel for Dummies, Word for Dummies, Windows for Dummies... I'll try my best to expand it with a Text Alignment for Dummies Grin

You know, you can horizontally justify / align the text: left, centered, right (let's forget the justify option here):

THIS TEXT xxxxxxxxxx
IS LEFT ALIGNED xxx
The text flows to the right →

xxxxx THIS TEXT xxxxx
xxx IS CENTERED xxx
← The text flows equally to the left and right →

xxxxxxxxxx THIS TEXT
xx IS RIGHT ALIGNED
← The text flows to the left

With the anchor tool you do basically the same, but vertically in relation to your starting point/line (Anchor).

■ This is the starting point, where you start writing, your anchor

With Anchor TOP every line you add, your text flows downwards (equivalent to horizontal left align):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

■ MY FIRST LINE (stays at anchor)
.. NOW I'VE ADDED A SECOND LINE (down ↓)
.. AND A THIRD LINE (down ↓↓)
↓ Line/text flow

With Anchor MIDDLE/CENTER every line you add, your text flows equally up and downwards (equivalent to horizontal centering):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

↑ Line/text flow
.. MY FIRST LINE (went up ↑)
■ MY SECOND LINE (now at anchor/starting point)
.. MY THIRD LINE (down ↓)
↓ Line/text flow

With Anchor BOTTOM every line you add, your text flows upwards (equivalent to horizontal right align):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

↑ Line/text flow
.. MY FIRST LINE (went up ↑↑)
.. MY SECOND LINE (went up ↑)
■ MY THIRD LINE (now at anchor/starting point)

I hope this helped. Play around with my test product I posted in my previous reply. Click on Personalize and add and delete text lines in the 3 text fields and you'll see on the fly how the line/text flow differs, depending on the anchor type setting. This works only on multi line text of course.

Cheers Happy
Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2019 2:48:23 PM
Dale M. Boyce wrote:
reflections06 wrote:
I've read all the posts and I'm still confused. Is there an explanation for dummies?

Laughing


I think Scott said it would be explained further at a later time.

I don't even see the anchor button. Is it available to everyone or only a select few? Where is it located?


Here. It shows up when you have a multi line text selected (2 or more lines). It's a vertical text alignment as explained in my previous replies.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 2:58:14 AM
PetsDreamlands wrote:
reflections06 wrote:
I've read all the posts and I'm still confused. Is there an explanation for dummies?

Laughing

LOL, I remember mid/late 90s there was a CD ROM tutorial series for dummies... Excel for Dummies, Word for Dummies, Windows for Dummies... I'll try my best to expand it with a Text Alignment for Dummies Grin

You know, you can horizontally justify / align the text: left, centered, right (let's forget the justify option here):

THIS TEXT xxxxxxxxxx
IS LEFT ALIGNED xxx
The text flows to the right →

xxxxx THIS TEXT xxxxx
xxx IS CENTERED xxx
← The text flows equally to the left and right →

xxxxxxxxxx THIS TEXT
xx IS RIGHT ALIGNED
← The text flows to the left

With the anchor tool you do basically the same, but vertically in relation to your starting point/line (Anchor).

■ This is the starting point, where you start writing, your anchor

With Anchor TOP every line you add, your text flows downwards (equivalent to horizontal left align):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

■ MY FIRST LINE (stays at anchor)
.. NOW I'VE ADDED A SECOND LINE (down ↓)
.. AND A THIRD LINE (down ↓↓)
↓ Line/text flow

With Anchor MIDDLE/CENTER every line you add, your text flows equally up and downwards (equivalent to horizontal centering):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

↑ Line/text flow
.. MY FIRST LINE (went up ↑)
■ MY SECOND LINE (now at anchor/starting point)
.. MY THIRD LINE (down ↓)
↓ Line/text flow

With Anchor BOTTOM every line you add, your text flows upwards (equivalent to horizontal right align):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

↑ Line/text flow
.. MY FIRST LINE (went up ↑↑)
.. MY SECOND LINE (went up ↑)
■ MY THIRD LINE (now at anchor/starting point)

I hope this helped. Play around with my test product I posted in my previous reply. Click on Personalize and add and delete text lines in the 3 text fields and you'll see on the fly how the line/text flow differs, depending on the anchor type setting. This works only on multi line text of course.

Cheers Happy


That made perfect sense. It would have made a lot more sense from the beginning if they just called it a vertical alignment tool. Thank you for taking the time to explain it, I do appreciate it.
Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 5:30:39 PM
reflections06 wrote:
PetsDreamlands wrote:
reflections06 wrote:
I've read all the posts and I'm still confused. Is there an explanation for dummies?

Laughing

LOL, I remember mid/late 90s there was a CD ROM tutorial series for dummies... Excel for Dummies, Word for Dummies, Windows for Dummies... I'll try my best to expand it with a Text Alignment for Dummies Grin

You know, you can horizontally justify / align the text: left, centered, right (let's forget the justify option here):

THIS TEXT xxxxxxxxxx
IS LEFT ALIGNED xxx
The text flows to the right →

xxxxx THIS TEXT xxxxx
xxx IS CENTERED xxx
← The text flows equally to the left and right →

xxxxxxxxxx THIS TEXT
xx IS RIGHT ALIGNED
← The text flows to the left

With the anchor tool you do basically the same, but vertically in relation to your starting point/line (Anchor).

■ This is the starting point, where you start writing, your anchor

With Anchor TOP every line you add, your text flows downwards (equivalent to horizontal left align):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

■ MY FIRST LINE (stays at anchor)
.. NOW I'VE ADDED A SECOND LINE (down ↓)
.. AND A THIRD LINE (down ↓↓)
↓ Line/text flow

With Anchor MIDDLE/CENTER every line you add, your text flows equally up and downwards (equivalent to horizontal centering):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

↑ Line/text flow
.. MY FIRST LINE (went up ↑)
■ MY SECOND LINE (now at anchor/starting point)
.. MY THIRD LINE (down ↓)
↓ Line/text flow

With Anchor BOTTOM every line you add, your text flows upwards (equivalent to horizontal right align):

■ MY FIRST LINE and ANCHOR

↑ Line/text flow
.. MY FIRST LINE (went up ↑↑)
.. MY SECOND LINE (went up ↑)
■ MY THIRD LINE (now at anchor/starting point)

I hope this helped. Play around with my test product I posted in my previous reply. Click on Personalize and add and delete text lines in the 3 text fields and you'll see on the fly how the line/text flow differs, depending on the anchor type setting. This works only on multi line text of course.

Cheers Happy


That made perfect sense. It would have made a lot more sense from the beginning if they just called it a vertical alignment tool. Thank you for taking the time to explain it, I do appreciate it.


What she said Grin
Just call it what it is
Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:14:22 PM
igiftcenter wrote:
reflections06 wrote:

That made perfect sense. It would have made a lot more sense from the beginning if they just called it a vertical alignment tool. Thank you for taking the time to explain it, I do appreciate it.


What she said Grin
Just call it what it is

You're welcome, igiftcenter. Well, yeah. "Vertical Alignment" would be the correct and commonly used wording for that. The "Anchor" is usually used to pin an object (text box, imagery, whatever) to a specific spot in your document, see MS Word as example (in a graphic software it's pretty obsolete).
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