Adding Text to Pages
Pages of your photobook often need more than just photos and other graphical embellishments. Text (words that you write yourself) is often needed to add titles and headings, describe the context of the photographs, add humour, or label the photos in some way. Momento provides you with several ways that text can be added to any page, described below.
All text in your photobook (with the exception of photo captions) exists within text boxes. This is a box on your page with text in it that can be positioned and sized much like any other photo or graphical element.
Types of Text
There are five ways that text may be used in your photobook:
Heading text - large type that can provide a heading for a page. Heading text can be added to any page in any position. For example:
Paragraph text - regular type to tell a story or offer a description. Paragraph text can be added to any page in any position. For example:
Caption text - small type for labelling a single photo. Caption text is only available directly under a photo. For example:
Cover text - large type for the cover page. For example:
Custom text - any sized type, positioned anywhere on any page, even on top of a photograph. For example:
To insert Heading, Paragraph, Cover and Custom text in Layout View:
Click the button in the top-right corner of Layout View. The mouse pointer turns into a crosshair:
Click anywhere on the page in the spot that should contain the top-left corner of the area that will contain your new text and drag the mouse to the right until the square you've drawn is as wide as the text area you wish to create:
Note that you don't need to give the box any specific height. The text box will automatically expand to contain all the text you type.
When you release the mouse button, the Edit text box will be shown:
- From the drop-down list box at the top of the window, select the type of text that most closely matches what sort of text you are about to type (for example, Paragraph font)
Type your text into the main area of the Edit text box:
Click the OK button. Your text will be added to the page:
Note that the black border around the text is not shown in the printed photobook
Note: To quickly add Heading or Paragraph text boxes, select either the Add heading text or Add paragraph text options from the Text menu. Then proceed from step 2 above. You will be able to skip step 4.
To insert Caption text in Layout View:
Adding a caption to a photo is a slightly different process, because captions can only be positioned directly underneath photos.
- Click once on a photo in Layout View to select it.
Double-click on the grey button under the photo entitled Double-click to edit caption:
- Follow steps 4, 5 and 6 in the steps above on adding regular (non-caption) text.
Note: The caption will match the width of the photo, so if there is a lot of text, or the photo is not very wide, the text will wrap around so as to not go beyond the width of the photo.
To insert Caption text in Sort View:
Click once on the photo as it appears in the centre portion of the screen in Sort View. The photo and its accompanying details are highlighted in blue:
- Click once in the white area to the right of the word Caption
- Enter the text you want for the caption of the photo, and press Enter.
Note: In Sort View you are not given the option to change the font settings for the caption (see below).
Once you have added text to a page, there are several ways you can make changes to it:
These are explained below.
A text box can be easily moved from one place on a page to another:
- Click anywhere in the middle of an existing text box and hold down the mouse button
- Drag the text box to the new position on the page
- It is possible to drag a text box wholly or partially on top of an existing photo
- It is not possible to adjust a text box so that its "layer" is below any photo. Text boxes are always thought of as being "above" photos. See Working with Layers for more information
Sometimes it is necessary to make a text box narrower or wider. Usually this will have a side-effect of making the text box automatically taller or shorter (it is not possible to make a text box taller or shorter directly). To resize a text box:
- In Layout View, click once anywhere in the text box you want to resize
Click either of the text box's resize handles (indicated in the illustration below), and drag it to the left or right.
For a more interesting or professional-looking photobook, it is sometimes desirable to change text's:
- font (typeface)
- style (bold or italics)
- justification (left, right or centred)
other effects (underline or
Note: It is not possible to make changes to individual words within a text box (for example, to make a particular word bold).
To make changes to a text box's font and alignment:
- Double-click anywhere in the text box you wish to change
The Edit text box appears
- By selecting Left, Right or Centre from the drop-down list box, you can determine the text box's alignment (whether the text in the box is aligned to the box's left edge, right edge, or centred in the box).
Click the Set Font button. The Font box appears:
- Using this box, you can set the text box's font (typeface), style (bold, italics, or both), size (in points), colour, or effects (strikeout or underline)
- Click the OK button (twice) when you are happy with your changes.
- If are planning to change all the text boxes of a particular type (Paragraph, Heading, etc) to look like the text box you just customised (for consistency throughout your photobook), then it's best not to change any one text box individually. Instead, you should make the same font and alignment setting changes globally - to all text boxes of that type at once. To do this, see the Setting Default Font Styles section, below.
- Once you change a text box's font and alignment settings (for example, you customise a Paragraph text box so that its text is bold), then the "type" of that text box will always change to Custom, and the text box will be no longer considered to be a "Paragraph" text box. This means that when you make changes to the global "Paragraph" text box settings (see Setting Default Font Styles, below), this particular text box will not change. This may be a desired behaviour (if this particular text box is somehow unique), or it may not be desired behaviour (you may want this text box to be consistent with the rest of the photobook). So be careful about this when changing text box settings.
You may find yourself entering several text headings (for example) into pages in your photobook and applying the same text formatting to each (for example, making each heading 24-point Tahoma in green and italics, centred on the page. If so, you would quickly get tired of making the exact same changes to every heading in the photobook.
Momento provides a mechanism by which all heading text on all pages in your photobook can be adjusted at the same time. The same applies for Paragraph text, Caption text and even Cover text. The collection of all the font and alignment settings for each type of text (e.g. Paragraph text) is called a text style. Only one text style can be set for each of the four text types (Paragraph, Heading, Caption and Cover). For example, if you set a font style, size and colour for Paragraph text, then every time you choose to use Paragraph text on any page of your photobook, the text style will be the settings you have chosen for Paragraph text. This promotes consistency of style within your photobook, and also saves you the time it would take to set the style for each text box individually.
To set a style for each of the four types of text:
Select the , choose the Set fonts... option from the program's Text menu. The Font Settings box appears:
- For each of the text types, optionally select a default alignment from the type's drop-down list (Left, Right or Centre)
For each of the text types, click the Set font... button. The Font box appears:
- Make any font adjustments you like, keeping in mind that the changes you make will apply to all text boxes in your photobook with this type of text.
Tip: Because Heading and Paragraph text can be used on any page in any position, you can set two different styles and use them interchangeably. They do not specifically have to be used as a heading or a paragraph.
- If you enlarge a font size for a text style after laying out your photobook, make sure to go back and check all the pages in your photobook to ensure that no text box has extended either beyond the edge of a page or over a photo.
- In the Font Settings box, you can click the Restore defaults button to revert all text styles back to their original "factory" settings (how they were when you first installed Momento). Be careful using this button - you will lose all customised font settings in all your text boxes (the ones that have not been individually customised).