Edit Text Layers

You can make changes to a Text layer after you have created it.

In this article we'll cover how to:

Want to adjust the properties of a Text layer? Check out our Explore Text Properties article.


Select Text Layers

You can select a single Text layer at a time, or multiple.

To select a single layer, simply click on the Text layer in the canvas.

To select multiple Text layers:

  1. Select the first layer.
  2. Hold down the [Shift] key.
  3. Click on any additional layers to select them:

To select all Text Layers:

  1. Open the main menu. You can use the keyboard shortcuts:
    • MacOS: Command-/
    • Windows: [Ctrl] + [ / ]
  2. Search for Select All Text Layers. You can also choose to select layers with the same properties.

Tip! You can also choose to select Text layers with the same properties!

Edit the Contents

To make changes to the content of a Text box, you will need to enter Text Edit mode.

You can do this in a couple of ways:

  • Double-click on the Text layer.
  • With the Text layer selected, press the [Enter] or [Return] key on your keyboard.

You will then be able to edit the contents of the Text box:

Tip! Once you are in Text edit mode you can click on any other Text object on the Page to edit.

Adjust the Dimensions

There will be a blue bounding box around every Text layer. This bounding box controls how we position and arrange Text on the canvas.

It's also an important component in setting and adjusting Vertical and Horizontal alignment.

If you would like to change the size of a Text layer, or how much space in the canvas it uses, you can adjust the bounding box.

  1. Select the Text layer you'd like to edit.
  2. Hover over the section of the bounding box you would like to change. Your cursor will change to the Scale icon: 
  3. Click and drag to change the dimensions of the bounding box.
  4. We will reposition the Text within the layer based on its current properties.

Resize Text using the Scale Tool

We recommend using the Font Size property to adjust the size of your Text.

However, you can also use the Scale tool to resize text. This is handy when you want to resize a group of elements at once.

Note: Scaling a Text layer can result in fractional Font sizes. We recommend scaling Text layers by adjusting the Font size to ensure whole numbers.

  1. Select the Scale tool in the Toolbar. You can find this in the drop down under the Move tool:
  2. Select the Text layer and hover over the bounding box until the Scale handle appears.
  3. Click and drag to Scale your Text. You will see the Font Size change in the Text section of the Properties Panel.

Convert Text to Vector Paths

You may want to convert your Text from glyphs to vector pathways.

This is handy if you want to customise aspects of the text for a logo or wordmark. 

Or, if you want to reduce the File size, or the size of any exports

There are two main approaches:

Flatten Text

If you choose to flatten your Text layers, we will:

  • Combine selected objects or layers into one layer.
  • Convert Text layers from editable text to vector paths.

Note: It's not possible to "unflatten" a layer. If you've made a mistake, then you can Undo the action using the Keyboard shortcut:

  • MacOS: ⌘ + Z
  • Windows: Ctrl + Z

Or, restore a previous version of the File in your  Version History.

To flatten a Text layer:

  1. Select the Text layer(s) you want to flatten:
  2. Right-click on the layers (in the canvas or in the Layers Panel) and select Flatten from the options:
  3. Or, use the Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • MacOS: Command-E 
    • Windows: Ctrl + E
  4. The Layers will be combined into a single layer:
  5. You can double-click on the layer to enter Edit object mode:

Outline Stroke

If you want to convert Text layers to vector paths, without combining them into a single layer, you can use the  Outline Stroke setting.

  1. Right-click on the layer in the canvas.
  2. Select Outline Stroke from the options:
  3. Or, use the Keyboard Shortcuts:
    1. MacOS: ⇧+⌘+ O
    2. Windows: Ctrl + Shift + O
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