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In Pages '09 Essential Training, David Rivers teaches many creative, time-saving features that will help both experienced and first-time users of Apple's word processing and page layout tool. David explains how to get started by customizing the user interface; then shows how to create unique, eye-catching documents using the text tools, templates, and styles in Pages '09. Exercise files accompany the course.
Not every character formatting option appears on the Format bar. These and some additional options can be found in the Fonts panel, which you can access by clicking the Fonts button on the toolbar in the top right corner. Fonts panel is Mac based, it's shared by many applications installed on your Mac like Keynote and TextEdit for example. With the Fonts panel open we simply select the text we want to change and make our changes from here. So using the View Finder Newsletter lets move to page 2 and select the text that appears at the top of the page. Triple-click inside the text box to select all of its contents and now to view a preview of the current font family inside being used here, and if it doesn't appear already at the top of the Fonts panel, click your Action button and select Show Preview. This displays the current font, the size, and this will change as we make adjustments to our selected text.
Now let's work from left to right. In the Collections column we can narrow down the list of font families on the right -hand side by choosing a collection. If we know we want to use a classic font for example, we could click the Classic collection to view a short list of font families that would be considered classic in nature. If we are looking for fun fonts, we could click the Fun collection to view a list of fun font families. To view all of your fonts, click All Fonts at the top which displays that alphabetical listing of every font installed on your Mac, similar to what you see on the Format bar. Now we can scroll through the list to locate the font we are looking for.
Another option to locate a specific font is to use the search field at the bottom. This can save you a lot of time if you know the name of the font you are looking for. Click in the Search field and let's type Gill. This displays a short list of font families beginning with the word Gill. Select Gill Sans at the top to not only select that font family, but to apply the change to your selected text which is also previewed at the top of your Fonts panel. Now we can select from typeface options that apply to this font family, let's add some emphasis by selecting Bold, and we can adjust the size from here as well. We can select a preset such as 24 or use the slider dragging upwards to increase the font size, down to decrease. Or we can enter a specific value.
Click and drag over current value in the Size field and type your own. Let's try 25 and press Return to lock that in. Now if this is going to be a font selection you use on a regular basis, you can make it a favorite which will make it easy to select the next time. Click the Action button and choose Add to Favorites. Now in the collections column when you click Favorites, you will see any favorites you've added. Now we can also add some special effects from the Fonts panel here. Let's move back to page 1 in our document and let's select the text Shot of the Month.
Triple-click to select all of the contents for that text box, and let's make some adjustments. Here you will see buttons and dropdowns for underlining. If we wanted to add some emphasis, we could choose from single or double or colored underlines. Let's try single. If it doesn't look quite right, we can always go back and choose None. Strikethrough is another option, great for editing content, if you want to show edits that you've made to current text. Let's add some color to this text now. The Text Color button when clicked displays the Colors palette and here we have a number of different options for selecting colors. Let's go to the spectrum and choose a dark blue green color.
We'll leave the Colors palette open and we'll move to the next option here on the Fonts panel which is the Document Color or the color in behind our selected text. Clicking that button keeps the Colors palette open; let's choose a nice dark color such as black. Now to see our changes we should deselect our text. Click anywhere in the document to deselect the text to see the end result. Not a bad effect. We can also add some emphasis down below where we see the exposure, for example. Let's click to get inside that text box, click again to get your insertion point next to the values and we'll drag across the value for exposure. To make that stand out, let's underline it. We'll use single and deselect our text to see the end result.
You can also add some additional special effects such as Shadows. Let's go to page 4 of our Newsletter and select the title that appears at the top. Triple-click the title to select all of the text inside the text box and now we'll turn the shadow on. Click text shadow to see the default settings. We also have some adjustments we can make. For example, we can adjust the Opacity, how much we can see through that shadow. Drag the slider to the right, darken the shadow, drag it to the left to make it more opaque.
Next, we can adjust the blurriness. To add realism to our shadow, you can drag to the right to blur it. And we can also choose to change the Offset. How far away the shadow appears from our text, this brings it off the page as we drag to the right. Drag to the left to bring it closer to the page. Lastly, we can adjust the angle that the light appears to be hitting our selected text. Let's rotate that to about 140 degrees by dragging the rotation handle. When you are done with the Fonts panel, go ahead and close it as well as the Colors palette. Let's deselect our text to see the end result.
So if you are looking for those character formatting extras, remember you always have access to the Fonts panel in Pages '09.
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