All About Text

Text and fonts are a very important part of your layouts. Having hundreds of font styles and sophisticated text tools at your fingertips will make it easy to create pages that pop.  

To open the Text panel, select the Text icon in the toolbar (left hand side of the page design area).

The Text panel offers four different types of text styles to choose from as a starting point. Place a text box by clicking on the description or dragging the description onto the page.

To enter text, double click inside the box and start typing, or select the text box and click on the Edit icon (pencil) at the top of the contextual menu.

To change your font, click on the font name displayed at the top of the menu and select a new font name from the list. There are over 150 individual font styles in Pictavo and many contain different weights.

If the font chosen contains different font weights, make a choice in the Weight menu.

Character Spacing allows adjustment of the amount of space in between each letter.

Reduced character spacing (2) will make letters closer together than default character spacing (1).

Adjusting Line Height allows an increase or decrease in the space between each line.

Default line height (1) will have more space between lines than decreased line height (2).

Enable Tab Alignment encourages purposeful, correct usage of tabs and avoids text reflow issues. For more information about using tabs click here.

There are options to Vertically Scale or Horizontally Scale your text. The default percentage is 100% for all text. The scale amount can be adjusted up or down by typing a new percentage.

Scaling text vertically will either stretch text to be taller (2) or squish it to be shorter without increasing or decreasing the width of the copy selected. Scaling text horizontally will stretch text to be longer (3) or squish it to be narrower without increasing or decreasing the height of the copy selected.

Pictavo also provides an option to edit upper/lower case copy to all caps…

…and another option to underline selected text. 

The most important part about a yearbook is what it has to SAY. Keep edits to a minimum by knowing how to address Pictavo text warnings when they occur!

  1. Placeholder Text - Delete unused text boxes to avoid placeholder text, such as “Add a headline” or “Lorem Ipsum” that automatically appear in new text boxes and in templates.
  2. Spell check - When typing in a text box, a red jagged line will appear beneath any word that is not in the Pictavo dictionary. Right click on the unknown word to see suggested alternatives. If the word is correct, you may choose to add it to the Pictavo dictionary.
  3. Overflow Text - If a text box is not large enough to fit all of your text, the text box will become red and a warning will appear in the upper left corner. Simply increase the size of your text box to allow enough space for all text to be shown.

Download the HELPFUL HANDOUT and keep it as a handy reference! 

Project Admins can adjust the text defaults and customize the look of automatic page numbers. Editing a default text style allows you to change every detail of the text style.

To change the default text settings for a text box, open up the text panel on the left side of the page designer and then click Edit. Select the text style (character set) to edit. Choose the font style, weight, color, etc. and then Save Changes. Each time a text box of that specific text style is added to your page, it will utilize the options chosen.

To change the page number settings, open up the text panel on the left side of the page designer and then click the Settings (cog). Choose the position, font style and weight, minimum characters, color and background shape and Save your changes. Pictavo will take a moment to update all the pages with these changes.

If you will be replacing Pictavo’s automatic page numbers with manually placed page numbers, please reach out to your yearbook provider to request this feature be turned off.