The first type of layer you can add to your graphic template is a text layer. When you click to add text, it will populate a text box in the center of your graphic builder that you will be able to move freely around the graphic. Before we do that, let's start on the left side of the builder under "layers".
- Double click to rename your layer. Carefully naming your layers is important because when you produce with your templates in Producer, you will edit your template based on the layer names.
- Click the 3 vertical dots on the right side, to open additional options. On this dropdown you can check whether or not you want this layer to be editable. If this box is checked, you will be able to update or change the text within Tagboard Producer. If the box is unchecked, you will not be able to make any changes to the text layer in Tagboard Producer. From this modal, you can also rename, duplicate, or delete the layer.
- The lock icon allows you to lock or unlock a specific layer as you are building your template.
Once you add a text layer, the individual layer will have a series of customization on the right rail. Let's walk through those, from top to bottom:
Size & Placement
- Position: Everything on your canvas works with a drag and drop workflow, or in the upper right corner you can set an exact X and Y axis.
- Size: Click to select the text box and drag the corners to adjust the border size, or set exact width & height.
- Snap To: Use this feature to snap your text to one of nine exact locations on the canvas (center, center-top, center-bottom, center-left, center-right, bottom-left, bottom-right, top-left, top-right)
- Nudge: Click to move the text layer one pixel at a time, to get exact placement.
You can hold shift + click on several layers to select multiple layers at once. If multiple layers are selected, you will see additional options in the right rail for size and placement:
- Align: Align all selected layers (Left, Center, Right, Top, Middle, Bottom).
- Distribute: You need to have at least three layers selected to use distribute. This will allow you to make the horizontal or vertical spacing between selected layers even. Best practice of this is to first align the layers, and then distribute the spacing.
- Nudge: Nudge the selected layers up, down, right or left, one pixel at a time.
- Opacity: On a scale of 0-100% set the transparency of your text layer. 0% will be completely transparent, 100% will be completely solid.
- Font: Start by selecting which font you want to use from the dropdown menu. Then you can adjust the size, kerning (space between letters), and color of your font, if necessary.
- Text Styles: Options to make your font bold or italicized.
- Text Options: Options to underline or strikethrough your text, or stylize your text with uppercase or lowercase only.
- Text Alignment: Align your text left, center, or right justified, and set the vertical position of text to top, center, or bottom.
- Shrink text to fit: When checked, your text will be responsive to fit the space allowed. The text will never be larger than the font size set, but if a longer string of text is added to the layer in Tagboard Producer, the text will shrink to fit rather than cutting off. This is always selected by default.
- X: Adjust the shadow on the horizontal axis, left and right
- Y: Adjust the shadow on the vertical axis, up and down
- Blur: Adjust how harsh or feathered you want your shadow to be
- Color: Set the color of your text shadow
By default your text background is transparent, but you can select this box to give your text a solid or gradient background. If gradient option is selected you can set the degree you want the gradient change to happen (180 is top to bottom, 90 is left to right).
- Animate In: Select from the dropdown menu how you want your text to animate onto the screen. The duration (set in milliseconds) determines how long your animation will last. The delay determines how long after selecting this graphic, the individual layer will begin to animate. Easing will allow you to change the acceleration of the animation, to be smoother or more natural. select from the dropdown to make a smoother and more realistic animation. The two most common easing options are "ease in", meaning the animation will start slowly and accelerate, and "ease out", where the motion will start quickly and decelerate.
- Animate Out: Select from the dropdown menu how you want your text to animate off the screen, followed by same customizable options as above.
- Looping Animation: If you check this box you can set a layer of the graphic to continue animating a certain way while the graphic is displayed on screen.
Now that you're all set with text, you can add another type of layer to your template, or if you're finished, you're ready to produce with your templates: