Headline Style

The Headline Style options allow you to change the appearance of the headline text. The following options are available by clicking on an icon under Headline Style:

Font Options

·        Select Font - Change the set of text characters by choosing a font from the Select Font drop-down list.

·        Size - Change how large the headline characters are by choosing a number from the Size drop-down list. You may also type a size directly into the box (hit the Enter or Return key to apply).

·        Line Spacing - To change the vertical space between lines of text, click on the up or down arrows next to the number in the Line Spacing value. Alternately, type a number between -3 and 3 directly into the Line Spacing field (hit the Enter or Return key to apply).

·        Style - Click on the B (bold) or I (italic) to apply the selected formatting style to the headline.

Fill Options

There are a number of ways to fill the characters in a headline: Solid Color, Gradient Color (a gradual blend between two or more colors), Image, and Texture.

·          Ensure that the Enable Fill box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the fill.

·          Choose an option from the Fill Type drop-down.

·         Drag the Fill Opacity slider to increase or decrease the transparency of the fill.

Stroke Options

A stroke is a colored border around the headline. PrintMaster provides the following stroke options:

·          Ensure that the Enable Stroke box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the stroke.

·          Choose an option from the Stroke Type drop-down.

·         Drag the Stroke Width slider to increase or decrease the thickness of the stroke.

·         Drag the Stroke Opacity slider to increase or decrease the transparency of the stroke.

Bevel Options

A bevel is a slanting edge effect (it makes the headline look a bit like carved stone). PrintMaster provides the following bevel options:

·          Ensure that the Enable Bevel box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the bevel.

·          Choose an option from the Bevel Shape drop-down.

·         Drag the Bevel Height slider to increase or decrease the 3-dimensional effect of the bevel.

·         Drag the Bevel Softness slider to smooth out the bevel’s edges or increase their sharpness.

Shadow Options

·          Ensure that the Enable Shadow box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the shadow.

·          Click on the Shadow Color button to choose the shadow’s color. See the Choose Color topic for more information on choosing colors.

·          The X offset and Y offset values determine how far the shadow stretches from the headline, and to which direction. Increase the offset values to move the shadow further to the right (X offset) and down (Y offset). Click on the arrows or type a number directly into the box to change a value.

·          Use the Shadow Blur slider to increase or decrease the sharpness of the shadow’s edge. Alternately, type a number in the box.

·          Drag the Shadow Opacity slider to adjust the transparency of the shadow. Higher values for the slider make the shadow more opaque (darker); lower values make it more transparent. Alternately, type a number in the box.

Shape Options

The Shape Options allow you to bend the headline to a shape of your choosing. PrintMaster provides the following shape options:

·          Ensure that the Enable Shape box is checked. Clear the check in the box to remove the shape.

·          Choose an option from the Shape Type drop-down menu.

·          Arc – Drag the Angle slider to intensify the curve of the arc or flatten it out (or type a number directly in the box). Click on the Arc Down toggle button to flip the vertical direction of the arc.

·          Shear – Drag the X Magnitude slider to set the horizontal slant of the shear. Drag the Y Magnitude slider to set the vertical slant of the shear. Alternately, type a number directly in a box to change a value.