Jenny Amaya defines what a text style is, and what its many components are. She shows where you can find a list or gallery of text styles, she discusses how each text style will attach to a staff, system, or blank page, and she encourages you to choose the proper text style for the type of text you need to input into the score. Finally, she explains a few ways to input text styles.
- [Instructor] Text styles in Sibelius have a variety of properties associated with them such as font type, font size, font style, their position relative to the staff or page, and their associated Word Menu. Sibelius' text styles are also categorized into System Text, Staff Text and Blank Page Text. System Text may appear only once or twice in the score, but will appear on every single part. Staff Text will only appear within the part it is attached to in the score. And Blank Page Text will only attach to areas within blank pages, like title pages.
The best way to see the categorization of text styles in Sibelius is by visiting the Legacy Create menu which can still be accessed in Sibelius by right-clicking with your mouse on any empty area of the score page. When the small Create menu appears, hover your mouse over the word Text. And now you'll see the old Text menu. Light gray horizontal lines clearly separate the listed text styles in the Text menu into categories. All of the text styles that are listed in the top section of the menu, above and including the Other Staff Text area here, those are all Staff Text styles.
All text styles that are listed in the middle section of the menu, from the Title down to Other System Text, these here are all System Text styles. This menu also includes a bank of Blank Page Text styles here, and the final section of the menu, labeled Special Text, contains advanced or less common System and Staff Text styles. The most common text styles have shortcuts already associated with them, which you can see in the Text menu. Text shortcuts have modifier themes associated with them as well.
So most of your Staff Text modifiers will be command on Mac or control on Windows. As you can see here, Expression is command + E, Technique is commmand + T and the System Text will have the modifier command + option on Mac or control + alt on Windows. As you can see here with the Tempo, option + command + T. Text styles are also listed in a gallery within the ribbon located at the Text tab Styles group, so I'm going to escape, go to the Text tab and here's my Styles group.
Clicking on the Styles button will reveal the Text Styles gallery. So I'm going to go up here on the top of the word Styles and click. Now depending on your screen resolution and your window size, you may not see the Styles button in the ribbon, instead you may see a small Text Gallery Preview area. It will look similar to what you see here in the Lines area. If you're seeing this for your text, then to expand the gallery, you'll need to click this little button here for more. It looks like a little Eject button.
You'll click that and it will expand the Text gallery just like it's expanding my Lines gallery. I'm going to make my way back here to my Text gallery. Once you expand the Text Styles gallery, you'll see that it has a lot of information in it which can make it a bit difficult to navigate and decipher. It also does not clearly separate Staff Text styles from System Text styles for you. For those reasons, many Sibelians prefer to use the old right-clicking Create Text menu instead of the Text gallery.
The choice is, of course, up to you. Sibelius provides at least two ways to input all objects including text styles. Either you can escape out and load the object into your mouse and then click it on the score page, or you can select an object in the score and Sibelius will create the new object next to your selection. You also have the choice of selecting the object from the ribbon or using a shortcut. Once you've engaged a text style, you'll have the choice of typing in the text that you want or right-clicking and choosing a word, symbol or phrase from a Word menu.
The contents of the Word menus are defined in Sibelius' Preferences. It might be beneficial to visit the Word menu's page of Preferences again to look around, so let's do command + , control + , on Windows, and we're going to go down to the Word Menus page of Preferences. You'll start connecting the dots between text styles and Word Menus and the words within those Word Menus as you begin inputting texts into Sibelius. So this is a list of the Word Menu and these are the words or symbols that exist inside of that Word Menu.
And each of these Word Menus is associated with a very specific text style. So as you work a bit more with the different text styles in Sibelius, you'll probably find very specific ways that you prefer to input each of them. Some input methods will work better than others depending on the text styles you're working with.
- Installing and launching Sibelius
- Opening and closing a score
- Navigating through the score
- Using important single-key shortcuts
- Marking and coloring a score
- Playing and replaying a score
- Editing selections and deleting staves
- Creating a new score and inputting score objects
- Editing during and after note input
- Editing pitches and rhythms
- Working with text styles
- Finishing and printing a score