Chapter 6: Adding Text

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Adding Text

Text and drawing layers within the Motion Book Tool let you add text and graphics elements to a page without creating the elements outside the tool and importing them. The advantage of creating text within the tool is that you can easily edit and format it without leaving the Motion Book Tool and reimporting a changed graphic.

Add some text now to the word balloons you just placed.

Adding a Text Layer

The text within a word balloon should be tied to that balloon so that if you move the balloon the text moves with it and so that any effects added to the balloon also affect the text. To add a text layer and tie it to a balloon, create a child layer of the balloon layer.

To Add a Text Child Layer to the First Balloon Layer

1.      Click the heading of the balloon 1 layer box in the control panel.

The layer box expands to show the layer’s controls.

2.      At the bottom of the balloon 1 layer box click “New +”.

A dialog box appears at the top of the control panel offering you a choice of layer types to create.

3.      Click “Text” then “Done”.

A text layer appears on the canvas within the balloon 1 layer boundaries. A new text layer box appears in the control panel nested within the balloon 1 layer box. The text layer boundaries extend beyond the balloon’s body because they match the balloon layer boundaries, and those boundaries include the balloon’s tail.

4.      Size the text layer so it matches the balloon body by dragging the top, right, bottom, and left sizing handles until they touch the balloon body sides.

Entering Text

Change the “text” placeholder in the text layer to dialog for the character by setting a cartoon typeface (Blambot) and an appropriate text size, then typing in your text.

To Enter and Format Text in the Text Layer

1.      Double-click “text” in the word balloon on the canvas to select the text layer’s contents. (It’s highlighted.)

2.      In the Text child layer box in the control panel, select “Blambot Pro” from the Font family pulldown and click in the Font size field to change the size to “11.”

The text in the canvas changes to Blambot Pro set to 11-point size.

3.      Double-click “text” in the word balloon again to make sure it’s selected, then type “Can you hear that? Someone’s digging!”

The dialog appears within the word balloon.

If you don’t like the text alignment, you can use the text layer’s bounding box to move the text or resize it to fit differently.

Adding Dialog to the Other Word Balloons

Repeat the process to add dialog to the other two word balloons.

To Add Dialog to the Other Word Balloons

1.      Add a text child layer to the balloon 2 layer, resize it to match the balloon body, set it to Blambot 11 point font, then change the placeholder text to “It’s nothing. The ground’s still settling, the prop’s creaking. Nobody’s coming.”

2.      Add a text child layer to the balloon 3 layer, resize it to match the balloon body, set it to Blambot 11 point font, then change the placeholder text to “No. He’s right. Digging. I can hear it too.”

The final result should look like this:

Click the save button on the page’s tab bar to save your work.

 

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