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How to Set Text Attributes in Fireworks CS5

Text can create mood and feeling, so you have to make sure your message has the right font and style. You can apply text attributes by using one of two main methods: the Type menu or the Properties panel. The Properties panel provides an easier method of locating text attributes. If the Properties panel isn’t visible at the bottom of the Fireworks workspace, choose Window→Properties.

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Whether you use the Type menu or Properties panel, you can set text attributes from the Properties panel either before or after you enter text.

The same rule applies in Fireworks as in all other applications: You have to select it to affect it. Before you apply any attributes, use the Pointer or Text tool to select the text you want to format.

To set text attributes with the Properties panel, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text you want to format.

  2. Choose a font from the Font drop-down list and then choose a style from the Style drop-down list.

    If you don’t see your favorite font in bold, you can take advantage of the Bold button to create faux bold text. (It isn’t the true bold font, but it’s close). The same trick works with the Italic button.

  3. To assign color, click the color selector box to the right of the Size drop-down list and then choose a color from the pop-up Swatches panel.

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