By Steve Spence
Text is the heart of what we do in our industry. Even if we have a bunch of pictures, we generally have at least a line or two of text.
Even with 3,000+ fonts to pick from, text can be incredibly boring. Some people try to doll it up by using a bunch of fonts on the same project which is definitely a NO-NO. Others turn to color and thatâ€™s okay sometimes but what we need is a way to dress up text without going over the top and into the world of CRAZY.
There are however some ways to dress up our text without going bananas. Remembering that a little bit can be a whole lot, a touch of a special effects can often be just enough to set text apart, give it a bit of jazz and not take more than a few seconds to pull it off.
The CondeTV video called, â€œEasy Special Effects with Text, Part 1â€ introduces the most basic of these by showing how to make normal text that canâ€™t normally be italicized be italicized. How to skew text and how to create what I call double text. Of course, how to outline text is also included.
Outlining text isnâ€™t always as easy as it might sound. Just a right mouse click, right? Well, yes. That will give you a thin outline that can often be just enough to get the job done. But if you want a bold outline, you may run into trouble with the outline messing up the body of the text. The video show how to place half the outline behind the body of the text making it both appear cleaner and allow you to enlarge or reduce the size of the text without it going all NUTS with you.
Double text is one of my favorite tricks and itâ€™s easy if you just keep a couple of things in mind about outlines and editing. Part One will show you everything you need to know about using double text.