Awards & Engraving

November '17

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A&E NOVEMBER 2017 • a-e-mag.com 21 Laser Engraving on the control I need. If I only need a little control of where I want the line breaks, I use Paragraph Text. With Paragraph Text, I can quickly fit the text to the space by using its sizing handles. For complete control over breaks, spacing, font size, etc., I prefer to use Artistic Text. It is used when I want a large degree of control over the text that appears on a line or number of lines. I can easily create a new Artistic Text line for text I want to stand alone and easily control the spacing of lines to better relate text to other text or graphics. To begin an Artistic Text line in place where it will start, I immediately left justify it so I can hit the return to start a new line. If I don't know what size the font needs to be to fit all the text, I start with a size near where I think it needs to be and then type the whole text out. If I have a 5-inch width to work with, and the line I typed is 25 inches at 12 points, that type size will work with five lines (25/5=5). If I have 8 inches to work with, then I know I can use a larger type size. I can quickly change the type size and see how long the line is. I do the math again to see if it will work. When I settle on a type size, I simply complete line breaks on the right margin where they need to be. For more control, I may use several lines of Artistic Text using two different fonts, several sizes, and a separate line for the text I want to stand out. Stay tuned for part two of this series. Bob Hagel and his wife Dana own Eagle's Mark Awards & Signs, offering a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sand etching, and full-color UV direct print on products. They have offered awards, rec- ognition, and signage products to organiza- tions for more than a decade in the Southern California wine country. He can be reached at bob@eaglesmark.com. This piece is an example of challenging placement. This shows a good use of the logo—it fits well. This design features mixed justification of left with bullets and centered. A&E

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