Box Fill Justification and Shapes

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With Box Fill Justification, Proclaim automatically formats the text to the size of the box. This allows you to creatively size and align the text, creating a sharp and tidy look. Proclaim also helps you emphasize your message using shapes to set the text off from the background. Continue reading to learn how to use these features and create visually pleasing and easy-to-read slides.

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Using Box Fill Justification

When Box Fill Justification is selected, your text automatically resizes to fill either the height or width of the text box. The size of the font adjusts to fit the box without distorting the dimensions of the text. As you adjust the size of the box, the text within the box automatically resizes to maintain its justification to either the height or width of the box.

For example:

The slide on the left shows a text box without Box Fill Justification applied, and the slide on the right shows the same text box with Box Fill Justification.

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To apply Box Fill Justification

1. Select Service Item

Select the service item containing your desired text or create a new service item.

2. Select Text Box

Select the text box you want to edit or create a text box.

Note: Box Fill Justification works with individual text boxes but cannot be applied to a main text field (e.g. fields that contain song lyrics).

3. Apply Box Fill Justification

Click the Justification icon image3.png to expand the menu. Select one of the Box Fill Justification options.

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image4.png creates a tight grouping with little space between words.

image7.png creates normal spacing between words.

image2.png creates a loose grouping with significant space between lines.

Note: Clicking the icon a second time removes Box Fill Justification.

4. Adjust the Text Box Size

Click and drag the size adjustment points on the text box to create your desired size. The text automatically enlarges or shrinks proportionately to fill the height or width of the text box. Proclaim adjusts each word’s size to ensure that the lines of text maintain equal width.

 

Using Shapes

Creating a shape behind your text is a great way to create contrast between your text and the background, making it stand out and easier to read.

1. Select Service Item

Select the service item containing your desired text or create a new service item.

2. Select Text Box

Select the text box you want to edit (or create a new one).

3. Add Background Shape

Click Effects to expand the dropdown menu. Check the box to the left of Background Shape. The default shape is added behind the text. Click anywhere outside the menu to hide the menu.

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4. Edit Background Shape

Click Effects to expand the dropdown menu (if the menu is not still open). Next to Background Shape click EDIT. The shape editing menu presents many options to customize the color, transparency, shape, and size. Changes are applied in real time.

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  • Choose a color for your shape using the color palette, suggested complementary colors, or use the eye-dropper image1.png to select an existing color on your slide.
  • Use the slider to the right of the color palette to adjust the shape transparency.
  • Select a shape for the text box from the menu options.
  • Adjust the shape size by scrolling down and selecting a Fit Mode from the dropdown menu. Check Fit to textbox to make the shape dependent on the size of the text box.
  • Click Save color or Save swatch to save your selection for later use.

Note: If you don’t want to keep a change, right-click the text box and select Undo.

5. Exit

When you have completed adding and/or editing the shape, click outside the shape menu. Click a second time to hide the Effects drop down menu.

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