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Basically, Artistic Text is often better for ‘one-off’ short bits of text and Text Frames are generally better for longer lengths of text but there is no hard-and-fast rule as to which you should choose. You probably wouldn’t use a Text Frame to create a poster title and you probably wouldn’t use Artistic Text for the copy text in a book. Where the line in between the two is drawn is something you just have to find for yourself.

Read what the Help tells you about each and experiment using them until you find what works best for you in different circumstances.

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11 hours ago, Maphco said:

Hey there.

Could someone explain the difference between the artistic text tool and the frame text tool?


If you change the size of the Artistic Text text-frame-box it will resize the text inside, you can make it wider or taller or both. If you change the size of the Text Frame text-frame-box it will reflow the text inside it without changing the size of the letters.

In Publisher there are more options available to the Text Frame tool, most obvious and useful is linking of the text so it can flow from one frame to another.

What @GarryP said about short bits of text vs longer lengths is true too, in fact I useually choose the tool according to his criteria of length.

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6 hours ago, Old Bruce said:

What @GarryP said about short bits of text vs longer lengths is true too...

In general, I use Art text only for text that is no longer than a single sentence.

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@Maphco perhaps the biggest difference is that artistic text can be manipulated in ways that frame text cannot.060B2B58-5B94-4140-83C3-97CC3385BFD6.thumb.jpeg.440beaf57f8668dd2c8db114f668b324.jpeg

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