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Add text

The Type tool is used to add and customize text in images. You can add regular or curved text, add text on a path, or wrap text around a shape. When adding text, you can also use presets that come with Pixelmator Pro.


Add text

  1. Choose the Type tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the T key on your keyboard.
  2. Do any of the following:

    • Click anywhere in your image to create a free text box.

    A free text box has two layer handles (white squares) and automatically resizes based on the amount of text inside it. You can adjust the width of a free text box so any new text will jump onto a new line.

    • Drag anywhere in your image to add a bounded text box.

    A bounded text box has eight layer handles and will not resize to accommodate text. However, bounded text boxes can be resized in any direction and can also have text align to the top, middle, or bottom of the box. If there’s too much text to display in the shape, a clipping indicator appears. To resize the text box, drag any selection handle until all the text is showing.

  3. To begin typing, double-click within the text box to highlight the placeholder text or place the insertion point where you want the first character to appear. The text appears on its own layer. Each time you click to create a text box, a new text layer is added.
  4. When you've finished typing, click outside the text box.
Add a circular text
  1. Choose the Circular Type tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Type > Circular Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
  2. Draw on the canvas to create a circular path.

  3. To begin typing, double-click within the text box to highlight the placeholder text or place the insertion point where you want the first character to appear.

Once you've added text, you can Shift ⇧-drag one of the text box handles to move the text box along the path or Option ⌥-drag to expand the text box and make room for more text. Also, if there’s too much text to display in the shape, a clipping indicator appears. Drag this handle until all the text is showing.

You can change the look of text just like any other text in your document.

Add text on a path
  1. Choose the Path Type tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Type > Path Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
  2. Draw a a path or a shape you want your text to wrap around or follow along.

  3. To begin typing, double-click within the text box to highlight the placeholder text or place the insertion point where you want the first character to appear.

Once you've added text, you can Shift ⇧-drag one of the text box handles to move the text box along the path or Option ⌥-drag to expand the text box and make room for more text. Also, if there’s too much text to display in the shape, a clipping indicator appears. Drag this handle until all the text is showing.

You can change the look of text just like any other text in your document.

Add text on a freeform path
  1. Choose the Freeform Type tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar.
    • Choose Tools > Type > Freeform Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
  2. Draw a a path or a shape you want your text to wrap around or follow along.

  3. To begin typing, double-click within the text box to highlight the placeholder text or place the insertion point where you want the first character to appear.

Once you've added text, you can Shift ⇧-drag one of the text box handles to move the text box along the path or Option ⌥-drag to expand the text box and make room for more text. Also, if there’s too much text to display in the shape, a clipping indicator appears. Drag this handle until all the text is showing.

You can change the look of text just like any other text in your document.

Add text around the outline of a shape
  1. Add or Draw shapes with the Pen tools a shape.
  2. Choose the Type tool by doing one of the following:
    • Click in the Tools sidebar or choose it from the grouped tools.
    • Choose Tools > Type (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • Press the T key on your keyboard.
  3. Hover your pointer over the inner or the outer outline of the shape. When the pointer changes to , click to add a new text box.

  4. To begin typing, double-click within the text box to highlight the placeholder text or place the insertion point where you want the first character to appear.

Once you've added text, you can Shift ⇧-drag one of the text box handles to move the text box along the path or Option ⌥-drag to expand the text box and make room for more text. Also, if there’s too much text to display in the shape, a clipping indicator appears. Drag this handle until all the text is showing.

You can change the look of text just like any other text in your document.

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