Text Properties Dialog "Color/Transparency" Page


 

This page lets you choose your text object's background color and opacity. Choosing a color is quite simple: click on a color, and your text object's background will become that color. There are also lots of extra options to help you find the right color:

The More... button: click on this button to pop up the standard Windows Choose-Color dialog, from which you can choose any of the millions of colors that your monitor can display.

The current color button: this button is directly to the left of the Standard Colors/Custom Colors/Variations of Color combo box. It displays the currently selected color. You can right-click or left-click on it to get a pop-up menu of options related to the currently selected color:

Add to Custom Colors: this option adds the currently selected color to your Custom Colors palette. Custom colors are a global option - the label maker will remember your custom colors from session to session, and they'll stick around to choose from no matter what project you're working on. Select the Custom Colors option from the combo box to the right of the current-color button to see the custom colors you've saved.

Show variations of this color: this option will fill the colors palette with variations of the currently selected color, including changes in hue, saturation, and/or lightness.

Generate a random color: Picks a color at random and makes it your current color.

Invert color (negative): Converts the current color to its RGB inverse and makes it your current color.

Invert hue: Inverts the hue of the current color (this is a mathematical, not complementary, inverse) and makes it your current color.

Invert saturation: Inverts the saturation of the current color and makes the new color your current color.

Invert lightness: Inverts the lightness of the current color and makes the new color your current color.

Undo color choice: reverts to the last color choice you made (this undo list gets restarted from scratch each time you launch the Text Properties dialog).

Redo color choice: If you've run the "undo color choice" option, undoes your undo.


The Standard Colors combo box option: This option will display a range of 48 basic colors - the same colors displayed in the standard Windows Choose-Color dialog. Left-click on any color to make it your current color. You can also right-click on a color to pop up a menu with these options:

Add to Custom Colors: this option adds the color you just right-clicked on to your Custom Colors palette. Select the Custom Colors option from the combo box to the right of the current-color button to see the custom colors you've saved.

Show variations of this color: this option will fill the colors palette with variations of the color you just right-clicked on, including changes in hue, saturation, and/or lightness.

Set as current color: same as left-clicking on the color.


The Custom Colors combo box option: This option will display all your custom colors; you can have up to 48 of these. Left-click on any color here to make it your current color.

When you add a color to your custom colors, it gets added to the first unused color slot (unused color slots are displayed in black). If all the slots are full, it'll overwrite the color in the last slot. You can left-click on a custom color slot and drag the cursor to another slot to swap the colors.

You can right-click on a custom color to pop up a menu with these options:

Remove from custom colors: removes the selected color from your custom colors (replaces it with black, basically).

Show variations of this color: this option will fill the colors palette with variations of the color you just right-clicked on, including changes in hue, saturation, and/or lightness.

Set as current color: same as left-clicking on the color.

Restore previous custom color: If you've changed the custom color in this slot since you launched the Text Properties dialog, this option will restore the slot to the previous color.


The Variations of color combo box option:  This option will display 48 variations of the currently selected color. Left-click on any color to make it the current color, or right-click it to pop up the same menu you get with the Standard Colors combo box option (described above).

Opacity

The opacity controls let you change the opacity of your text object's background. Drag the slider to the right to increase your object's background opacity, or to the left to decrease its opacity. At opacity = 100, your text background will be completely opaque, and at opacity = 0, it will be completely transparent.

Note that partial opacity will not be available to unregistered users of some feature-limited versions of the label maker; in that case, you'll just have a "Transparent" checkbox instead.


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