Google Drawings Basics Day 2 of Instruction- Adding a Text Box or Word Art
Day 2 – Adding a Text Box or Word Art?
If you are interested in getting caught up on our new series, here is my previous post- “Google Drawings Basics Day 1- Background & Working With Shapes”
When adding any form of text to your Google Drawings or Google Slides you have two options:
- A traditional Text Box
- Word Art
A Text Box is simply a quick click and drag to create a box in the location you want your text to appear. *Important Tip: I advise my students to draw their text box in the anticipated space they envision the text BEFORE THEY TYPE so that they do not overlap other items as they type. If other images or text boxes are competing for space, often times the kids will unknowingly layer text boxes as they type and then panic that the words are overlapping with images. Then, they cannot select/click on the text box to edit it due to the image in front. If this does happen, the answer is to use the “Arrange” tab. First, students need to select the item they want to move. They will know it is selected by seeing the blue editing frame around the item– go up to the toolbar and select “Arrange”- “Order”- “Bring to Front” or “Bring to Back”. See Video below for a simple walkthrough of “Adding a text box”. (Open this post from your computer browser, preferably Chrome, if your mobile device will not play the video.)
Word Art is a bit more complicated but definitely worth the effort! Word Art allows you to manipulate text as you would an image. You can change the size by dragging the blue edit boxes around the page without being limited to font sizes. It also allows you to not only change the font properties like size and style of the font but it also allows you to edit the text by changing the inside and border color and thickness. Many kids get confused and panic after selecting “Word Art” because this opens a dialogue box where you type your text and the text DOES NOT look like the selected font style either. You can only see the text style once your select “Enter”. If you want to add multiple lines of text, hold down “Shift” & “Enter” to add a new line. Press “Enter” to finish. If the text needs to be edited, just “Double Click” on the Word Art to access the dialogue box again to make the desired changes.
Here are the steps to adding Word Art while in Google Drawings or Slides–
* Word Art
* Type your Text in the Dialogue Box that pops up
* Select “Enter” or “Return” on Your Keyboard
* Use the Blue Frame Boxes to Adjust the Size
* While this text is framed in blue, you may rotate & edit font color, border color and thickness
* Double Click on the Word Art Box Re-Edit The Text
* Hold down “Shift” & “Enter” to add a new line.
Here is a quick video showing you how: (Open this post from your computer browser, preferably Chrome, if your mobile device will not play the video.)
My next post will be:
“Day 3- Google Drawings Basics Day 3 – Drawing Lines, Who knew?!
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