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Help: Formatting Text

Important: To format text, you must first select it. See "Selecting Text".

Using Pre-Designed Text Layouts

DiscLabel comes with many pre-designed text layouts for CD/DVD labels and packaging. See "Adding Text: Using Pre-designed Text Layouts".

Text Alignment and Spacing

  1. Open the Inspector inspector and click on the Text tab.text tab
  2. Choose horizontal alignment: left, center, right, justified.
  3. Choose vertical alignment: top, middle bottom.
  4. Choose character spacing, line spacing and space between paragraphs.

Changing Font Style, Color and Size

If you want to change the font, color or size of text, select the text box itself (the handles will appear) or select only the text you wish to change by clicking and dragging over the desired text so that it is highlighted.

  1. Click Font font at the bottom of the DiscLabel design window to open the Font palette.
  2. Click on the desired Font Family, Typeface and Size.
  3. To change the color, click on the Text Color icon font color in the Font palette. The Mac OS X Colors palette will open. Choose the desired color.

Additional text formatting commands can be applied from the Format menu.


Setting the CD/DVD Boundary for Text

By default, the text box boundaries will match the printable area of a standard CD label. You can change the boundaries to match a full coverage label (with a smaller hole in the middle), the standard LightScribe layout choices or you can designate a custom inset from the outer and inner edges of the disk.

1. Open the Inspector inspector and click on Track Format tab tab, and then click on Options.

2. Select from the following choices:

  • Standard
  • Full Coverage
  • LightScribe Title Label
  • LightScribe Content Label
  • LightScribe Full Label
  • Custom

3. If you select Custom, you will need to specify the outer and inner boundaries of the text in millimeters (mm).

Text boxes will automatically follow the boundary specified. The boundary does not affect how much of the design is printed onto a disc; your media choice will do that. The boundary just affects how text flows on the design.

Selecting Text

DiscLabel treats text objects in two ways:

  • If you click once on text, the text object is selected. In this mode, handles appear at the corners and mid-points of the text object which you can use to resize or rotate the text object; or click and drag the text object to move it around. You can also apply font and color changes to all of the text in the object.
  • Once a text object is selected, click it again to select the text itself. To indicate that the text object is in text edit mode, a blue border will appear around the edge of the text object, in addition to the corner and mid-point handles. You can now click and drag the cursor to select text, place the cursor to add or delete text, or apply custom formatting to just the selected text.
  • A double-click selects a single word. A triple-click selects the entire text so that typing will replace it completely.

Linking Text

If you create two text boxes, it is possible to link them together and allow text to flow from one into the other.

  1. Select the first text box, i.e. the one you wish to link from.
  2. Click the plus (+) that appears at the bottom right of the text box border.
  3. Move the mouse over another text box, i.e. the one you wish to link to. (Valid text boxes are highlighted as you move the mouse.)
  4. Click in the second text box. (Click elsewhere if you decide not to link text objects.)

To unlink text boxes, select the first text box. Click the minus (-) that appears at the bottom right of the text box border.

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