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Adding text in a path

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Video: Adding text in a path

As you're adding different objects, whether they're text or graphics, to a design, you might find if you're moving a little fast and being creative that you're not paying really close attention to where those objects are being placed in the Layers panel. We've had three different text object added to this Web page over in the past couple of lessons, and they've all got dropped into the main layer, which is fine in the sense that I can see them pretty easily in the Layers panel, but they aren't really part of the actual groups they need to be in. So before we go any further, I'm just going to reposition some of these things. So I've got my little Lorem ipsum text here.

Adding text in a path

As you're adding different objects, whether they're text or graphics, to a design, you might find if you're moving a little fast and being creative that you're not paying really close attention to where those objects are being placed in the Layers panel. We've had three different text object added to this Web page over in the past couple of lessons, and they've all got dropped into the main layer, which is fine in the sense that I can see them pretty easily in the Layers panel, but they aren't really part of the actual groups they need to be in. So before we go any further, I'm just going to reposition some of these things. So I've got my little Lorem ipsum text here.

It's in my trivia section. So I'm going to try and locate my trivia component here, and there it is there in the content region. And again, really easy to move this stuff around, just select the actual object, grab the radio button and drag it down to the layer you want to place that object in. There it's now inside the trivia section, which is really quick and easy to do, little bit of housekeeping for this. Same thing for the text in our sign up window; that's also in the wrong spot. So I'm going to click that object in the Layers panel and drag the radio button down to the sign up section.

And now it is in its rightful place as well. And lastly, we've got our passionate message here. Now this was the very first thing we added in, and I've hidden it from view for the time being. But there it is there, and you might remember that it tends to overlap some elements in our design. We're going to fix that in this lesson, but I want to move it into its rightful location before I go ahead and do that. That particular piece of text belongs in our main article area. So we're just going to grab that and drag it down into our main article layer, just like so. All right.

So we've got things tidied up a little bit, which is nice. What I want to do now is I want to give this text a little more realism, in the sense that when you're dealing with text and images on a Web page, typically, text just doesn't run always in a single column, like this. You'll also find that text wraps around images. And normally, these days it's done using CSS. You'll float the image to the left or right side of a container, and the text will flow around the image. I want to mock up that look inside of Fireworks, and we can do that with a feature called Text in a Path.

Now we have our text already created. What we need to make this work is a path. So I'm going to go ahead and grab my Pen tool. And all I'm going to do is draw a path that sort of mimics the shape that I want the text to wrap through. So I'm going to start over here by my photo, just slightly above the photo. I'm going to click once to set a starting point. And I'm going to hold down my Shift key. I'd like to keep these lines nice and straight if I can, and I'm going to click again. I'm going to go across. Click again. Click down. Click again.

Go back across, and I'm basically creating a customized vector path here, kind of outlining my text. I get right back to the beginning, and now I have one big vector path. Now, at the moment, that we don't see any real difference. That's because we need to group these two elements together. And that's a special command that we're going to use to do this. So first of all, grab my Pointer tool, hold down my Shift key and select my text.

So now I have both the vector path and the text selected. I'm going to go up to my Text menu and choose Attach in Path and watch what happens. Look at that. Very, very quickly, I've mockup a floated image inside of my layout. And the great thing about this is that the text is still editable. The entire path is actually editable. I can go inside the text itself. I can change the text. I can select it. I can alter it. I can change my basic properties without any trouble.

I can also change the path. So if I grab my Subselection tool, for example, I could go ahead and grab one of these control points and drag it. And notice what happens to the text. It starts to follow the new contour. We're not likely to do this kind of thing on a Web page, because Web pages basically work in a grid format. But it does open up some possibilities, if you're doing other types of layout or design. You're not stuck with working with your text in a straight line. I want to do a couple of changes here. I'm going to click on that bottom control handle, and I'll hold down my Shift key and click on the other control handle.

And that selects both of those two control points, and then I can just basically drag them up and reduce the size of the box a little bit. So a pretty interesting feature that we've got here. We've got a great deal of control over what we're doing with this text and making it look very realistic in terms of a Web page mockup.

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Fireworks CS5 Essential Training

92 video lessons · 29798 viewers

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  1. 3m 42s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. What is Fireworks?
      1m 59s
    3. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 1h 27m
    1. Creating and opening documents
      7m 36s
    2. Understanding the interface
      9m 43s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 18s
    4. Setting up rulers, guides, and grids
      10m 7s
    5. Using tooltips and Smart Guides
      5m 40s
    6. Working with panels
      9m 29s
    7. Working with pages
      8m 59s
    8. Working with layers
      13m 13s
    9. Working with states
      4m 35s
    10. Using the Properties panel
      4m 38s
    11. Using the Preferences panel
      7m 34s
  3. 52m 39s
    1. Understanding the Fireworks PNG format
      2m 11s
    2. Saving and exporting files
      5m 11s
    3. Importing files
      5m 34s
    4. Opening Photoshop files
      6m 7s
    5. Opening Illustrator files
      3m 58s
    6. Exporting a single file
      9m 57s
    7. Using the Image Preview window
      1m 52s
    8. Using the Export Area tool
      3m 10s
    9. Creating PDF files
      4m 16s
    10. Saving Photoshop files
      5m 48s
    11. Using Fireworks files for Illustrator
      4m 35s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Understanding bitmaps
      1m 32s
    2. Resizing images
      3m 48s
    3. Using the selection tools
      8m 0s
    4. Using the drawing tools
      8m 19s
    5. Retouching with the corrective tools: Rubber Stamp
      12m 16s
    6. Using the bitmap effects tools: Blur, Sharpen, and Replace Color
      7m 33s
    7. Using more bitmap effects tools: Dodge and Burn
      7m 1s
    8. Improving images using the Levels filter
      8m 15s
    9. Creating a bitmap mask with a selection
      6m 2s
  5. 1h 10m
    1. Looking at the vector toolset
      6m 53s
    2. Using the Pen tool
      7m 32s
    3. Editing vector shapes with the Freeform and Reshape Area tools
      4m 35s
    4. Filling shapes with patterns and live filters
      3m 17s
    5. Using Auto Shapes
      7m 24s
    6. Using shapes as image elements
      4m 16s
    7. Scaling shapes
      5m 28s
    8. Masking objects with vector shapes
      7m 13s
    9. Applying strokes
      5m 52s
    10. Using Vector Path and Path Scrubber
      6m 9s
    11. Using the Compound Shape tool
      7m 40s
    12. Using Snap to Pixel
      2m 15s
    13. Using Gradient Dither
      1m 46s
  6. 51m 18s
    1. Understanding symbols
      5m 41s
    2. Creating graphic symbols
      13m 11s
    3. Creating button symbols
      10m 22s
    4. Creating animation symbols
      5m 4s
    5. Sharing symbols with the Common Library
      1m 37s
    6. Editing the instance of a symbol
      3m 46s
    7. Adding component symbols to a design
      8m 46s
    8. Exporting and importing symbols
      2m 51s
  7. 17m 34s
    1. Creating GIF animations
      9m 31s
    2. Animating with Twist and Fade
      3m 47s
    3. Creating a tweened animation
      4m 16s
  8. 26m 46s
    1. Using text in Fireworks
      7m 19s
    2. Understanding text properties
      3m 14s
    3. Adding text in a path
      4m 43s
    4. Adding text to a path
      4m 31s
    5. Using text as a mask
      3m 35s
    6. Maintaining crisp text in web images
      3m 24s
  9. 28m 35s
    1. Having fun with filters
      8m 44s
    2. Working with Styles
      4m 10s
    3. Using Blend Modes
      4m 40s
    4. Converting bitmap selections to paths
      3m 50s
    5. Working with Adobe Swatch Exchange files
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Kuler panel for color inspiration
      4m 38s
  10. 1h 14m
    1. Understanding the web toolset
      1m 51s
    2. Creating hotspots
      6m 22s
    3. Using the Slice tool
      8m 57s
    4. Using a master page
      5m 20s
    5. Sharing layers across pages
      4m 49s
    6. Sharing web layers across pages
      3m 30s
    7. Using HTML component symbols
      3m 15s
    8. Creating choices and showing design options to clients
      7m 7s
    9. Importing pages
      2m 47s
    10. Previewing the mockup
      4m 17s
    11. Using HTML prototyping
      5m 22s
    12. Improving the workflow
      20m 30s
  11. 33m 19s
    1. Optimizing images for export, part 1
      15m 36s
    2. Optimizing images for export, part 2
      13m 36s
    3. Generating a CSS-based layout
      4m 7s
  12. 22m 20s
    1. Integrating Fireworks, FXG, and Flash Catalyst
      3m 56s
    2. Integrating Fireworks and Flash
      3m 46s
    3. Using roundtrip editing between Dreamweaver and Fireworks
      5m 52s
    4. Copying and pasting objects to Dreamweaver
      2m 57s
    5. Integrating Fireworks and Device Central
      4m 13s
    6. Working with Bridge
      1m 36s
  13. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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