Title Objects

Title objects are used whenever you want text to be rendered as an image. With text rendered as an image, you do not need to worry about how it will appear on other browsers. It will always be the same regardless of font availability or user text size choices. In addition, as an image it may have gradients, tiled images, transparency, rotation, stretching. or skewing applied to it.

However, being an image, it will be larger that pure text and so will take longer to load on a web page. Because of that, titles are best used for short pieces of text like headings or titles. Long passages are best left as text objects.

You can create, edit, and format title objects using either the Title Editor dialog box or the Text Editor dialog box in Title Edit Mode. (For more information, see Title Editor Dialog Box and Text Editor Dialog Box (Title Edit Mode).)

Unlike text, a title can be scaled by clicking and dragging the control points on the title object box to make it larger or smaller. As the object box changes size, the title is stretched to fit the box. This can be useful for applying a different look to the title, but carried too far it can also distort the title and make it unreadable.

This property also means that titles will not wrap inside the object box as text does; instead the object box will initially expand horizontally to accommodate the text, spilling off the edges of your page if necessary. Thus for practical purposes a title should not contain too many words.

Also unlike with text objects, you may apply scale, skew, and rotate transformations to title objects. This can create some very interesting effects. If you had wanted to apply a transformation to some text but were prevented from doing so with a text object, try making the text a title object. (From the Format Selection drop-down menu on the toolbar, select Title.) Again, this trick is best applied to text content of only a few words.

When exporting HTML a title object will be rendered into a bitmap image format. If anti-alias and re-render are unchecked, and the title is not rotated, skewed or shaded (except flat), the title is rendered as text. In other words: if anti-alias and re-render are unchecked, and the title is in a form that can be represented as pure text, it will be. Since a title is rendered into a bitmap when exporting to HTML, it will take longer to download than just text.

You can convert a title object into a set of lines and curves, for the purposes of performing vector editing. To make this conversion, right-click the title object and select Convert to Path.

If the title object has the Re-Render option enabled (on the Object Tab of the Quick Properties Editor dialog box), text is sent as path in SVG mode (i.e., as a drawing of the text).

You cannot apply hyperlinks to title text in the Title Editor dialog box or the Text Editor dialog box in Title Edit Mode. However, you may make the title object a hyperlink once you save it to the Work Window by using the Object Editor or Quick Properties Editor dialog boxes. For more information, see Object Editor Dialog Box and Quick Properties Editor Dialog Box .

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