Proclaim provides many options for displaying text in your presentation. Continue reading to learn how to customize your text’s format on the screen.
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- Create a Manual Slide Break
- Create Space between Lines
- Embed a Bible passage
- Fade in Text
- Underline Text
- Add Effects to Text
- Additional Resources
Create a Manual Slide Break
When you enter text into a text field, Proclaim automatically formats the text in your slides. You can also create manual slide breaks where needed.
Place the cursor at the place in your text where you want to insert the slide break and click the Slide Break icon .
Note: You can also add – or add two line breaks with the Enter key to add a new manual slide break.
Create Space between Lines
If you want to create space between lines of text without causing a slide break in a Song item, press Shift + Enter.
Embed a Bible passage
Quickly add a passage to a slide by embedding the reference. Enter your Bible reference surrounded by double brackets. (e.g. [[John 3:16]]). Proclaim adds the passage to your presentation, spreading out over several slides if necessary. By default, embedded Bible verses use the same styling and translation as the most recently added Bible service item. from your default Bible.
Note: Learn more about embedding Bible verses.
Fade in Text
If you want your text to fade in gradually, use the fade text icon or insert two plus signs ++ at the beginning of the line. When you navigate to this slide in the presentation, the text following the plus signs does not display until you advance the slide.
Note: This feature automatically creates additional slides in your presentation to accommodate a gradual display and are not animations within a single slide.
Edit the text transition effect by clicking no in the Use no transition option.
When a transition is selected, you can edit the transition timing. Click the number to select your desired transition time.
Did you know? You can change transition effects and timing for all presentation slides.
You can hide words or phrases by creating blanks in your text that are filled in with the missing words. When you enter the command to advance, Proclaim fills in the blank with the hidden word or phrase.
Highlight the text you want converted to a blank and click the Fill in the blank icon . Proclaim substitutes the word or phrase with a blank on your slide.
Note: You can also manually type an underscore mark _ on either side of the word or phrase you want converted to a blank (e.g. _love_ or _glory of God_). Proclaim substitutes the word or phrase with a blank on your slide.
The text editor in Proclaim does not include a button for underlining text. You can, however, apply an underline to selected text with a keyboard shortcut.
- Windows: Ctrl + U
- macOS: Cmd + U
Note: Some fonts do not support underlining.
You can select a word or phrase in a text box or field and make it Bold, Italics, or all capital letters (indicated by TT). Emphasis text highlights words by coloring them differently and can be applied to the main text fields of Content, Announcement, and Bible service items. It can be useful in call and response readings, with bi-lingual songs or Bible verses, or during a sermon or announcement slide to highlight especially important words or phrases.
To change the text color, click the Color Swatch Icon or press Ctrl + H (Windows) or Cmd + H (Mac).
Edit the text color by expanding the drop-down menu. The color you choose becomes the default color for future selections.
Add Effects to Text
Proclaim provides nearly infinite options for customizing your text display in the Effects menu. To add an effect, select a textbox in the editing panel and click Effects to expand the drop-down menu. Checking a box enables the EDIT command for more customization.
Note: Palette options vary depending on the effect you selected.
Text edits occur instantly. If you want to discard your change, right-click in the text box and select Undo or press Ctrl + Z (Windows) or Cmd + Z (macOS).
The following articles provide additional instruction on working with text:
- Box Fill Justification and Shapes
- How Do I Apply a Single Text Style to All My Service Items?
- Working with Text Boxes in Smart Media Creator
The Proclaim Guide to Beautiful Church Presentations is an in-depth guide to creating high-quality presentations. Learn more about this great resource here.