Inserting and Configuring Text

How to configure cover text to be readable.

Overview

In this chapter, you’ll learn to add and configure text to produce eye catching effects. You’ll also learn how to load free fonts off the internet to really make a statement. A wide variety of text effects will be discussed and demonstrated.

Inserting, Configuring and Manipulating Text

Text can be entered onto your book cover in two ways. First, you can select the Insert->Text Box menu item, click somewhere on the screen and start typing. The other way to add test is to double-click on a shape and start typing your text. The first option allows you to move the text around the screen independently while the second binds the text to the shape making them move together. Regardless of the method you use to add your text, you can left click and drag your mouse over the text to select if for configuration.

The Home menu ribbon provides options for changing your text font, size and color while the Format Shape text options provide even more test configuration options.

Remember that when dealing with text, you’re dealing with two element: the text box or shape containing the text and the text itself. To move a test box around the screen, click and drag to edge of the text box. Do the same with a shape containing text. To change the text in a text box, click within the text. To change the text within a shape, double-click on the text.

Applying Effects to Text

Text effects can be applied from the Format Shape menu ribbon. You can create a shadow or a reflection, make the text glow or bevel it and apply 3D transformations. Check out the Text Effects on the Format Shape ribbon for options and example.

Creating Circular Text

The easiest way to create circular text is using the Format Shape->Text Effects->Transform->Follow Path option.

Creating Text Drop Shadows

Text drop shadows can be created in the same way as image drop shadows; namely, but offsetting a black copy of the text under the text to be shadowed and increasing the transparency of the shadow text to 50% and softening it’s edges. The easier way to produce a text drop shadow it to use the Shadow effect under Shape Format->Text Effects.

Keeping Text Half an Inch Away From the Book’s Outer Edge

This is just a warning that when you use your book cover to publishing a Print on Demand (POD) paperback via KDP, you text needs to be half an inch away from the outside edge of the book cover. You can accomplish this either by keep the text a half and inch away from the outside edge of the book cover during cover creation; however, this will make waste room on your Kindle book cover and look unusually constrained. What I prefer to do is run the text as close to the outside edges as I like and then put a half inch border around the book cover when I publish my POD paperback

Loading Free Fonts in Windows from the Internet

One of my favorite Internet sites for free fonts is DaFont (https:/www.dafont.com). Open the site in your browser and check out the long list of available fonts. Note that not all of these fonts are free. Scan through the list until you find a font that say “100% free” to the far right. When you’ve found a font you like, download it to the Downloads directory of your computer.

Open the font file on Windows 10 by double clicking on the file or by opening it from the download bar in your browser. Once open, click the Install button to install the font on your operating system. The font should now be available for use in Powerpoint. If not, close Powerpoint and restart it to access the new font.

Text Exercises

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