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You have already learned how to create separate text styles in section 2 by using the Text Styles Palette in Serif PagePlus. Text styles are sets of rules that determine how text (like headings, subheadings, paragraphs) is displayed in your publication. They ensure consistency and efficiency because you do not have to remember to manually apply a style each time you want to use it and if you want to make changes, they are applied automatically throughout the document. Text styles are applied to the majority of text in a document. In Serif PagePlus this is classified as Frame Text. But PagePlus has another distinct category of text that you might want to use for more eye-catching effects. This is called Artistic Text.

Artistic Text

As the name suggests Artistic Text has graphic impact and is especially useful for headlines, mastheads, pull quotes, and other special-purpose text. It is standalone text that you type directly onto a page and it can take different fill styles, have drop shadows added or 3D filters and can even flow on a curved path. The example publication uses it for headlines, masthead and titles, as illustrated in the 'Say cheese!' heading and the 'Red Eye' logo on the back page. This will be covered in section 4.


Frame Text

Frame Text, on the other hand, is the body copy of your publication – the core text. Frames can be containers for single words, but they usually hold the main story, which flows from frame to frame in sequence. Use the layout grid you created in the last activity to position and size your text frames on the page.

Text can be imported into a frame from an existing electronic source such as a word processed file, dragged and dropped in from an open file, copied and pasted in, or typed in directly. You can fit your existing text into the frames you set up with the AutoFit or AutoFlow features of the software. You can even fit it into a graphic shape, as demonstrated by the heart above. When you import the text for your assignment publication to the frames you set up, you will then be able to apply the styles you set in Section 2 to them.

Filler Text

The example publication uses filler text rather than real content in its text frames. This is dummy text: a device that graphic designers often use when designing page layout because they are not usually responsible for producing the real text content, but do need to see what it will look like on the page and demonstrate its style elements like font, emphasis etc to the client. The filler text is replaced by real content in the final publication. Filler text is called Placeholder Text in PagePlus and is also commonly known as 'Lorem ipsum' text. Although it has no meaning, it resembles classical Latin and has the advantage of taking the client's or editor's attention away from the meaning of the words in order to focus on the presentation of the text.

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Note - Any assignments will probably require you to use real content from either primary or secondary sources rather than filler text. Do check before submission.

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