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How can I surround a text frame with a visible black border?

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I'm putting a caption below a picture and would like to surround the text frame with a solid black line on all sides. I'm sure this functionality is in Affinity Publisher, but I just wasted a good 30 minutes looking through menus and searching google with no luck (probably don't know the right words to search). Can anyone help me out? Thanks!

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If I understand you correctly you are looking for the Stroke option in View > Studio > Text Frame


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It is very confusing and not logical in Publisher. If text frame is selected, fill must color the background (not text) and stroke must change the thickness of the frame (not text). Just like in InDesgn. It's a good idea to add "T" icon in:

  1. Swatches panel and if it is activated then you can add fill and stroke fill to the selected text, otherwise you can fill the text box background or text frame, and to the
  2. Stroke panel were you can control if a border/outline is added to a text frame or to a selected text.

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3 hours ago, Petar Petrenko said:

It is very confusing and not logical in Publisher.

Not too confusing if you consider that Text Frames are objects in their own right, separate from the text inside them.


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30 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Not too confusing if you consider that Text Frames are objects in their own right, separate from the text inside them.

OK then, InDesign is confusing. :)


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1 hour ago, Petar Petrenko said:

OK then, InDesign is confusing. :)

InDesign? Or Designer?

Designer simply does not have the function to put a stroke or a fill on a Text Frame; those are both Publisher-only functions.


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2 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

InDesign? Or Designer?

InDesign.


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6 hours ago, Petar Petrenko said:

It is very confusing and not logical in Publisher.

+1

The problem with those contextual mini-panels for colour/tint/gradient is that sometime it make it difficult to choose the colour or swatch you want when you're able to do this easily for other item relying mainly on the same option.

Because you've got a contextual colour | tint | gradient and inside it, if you want to modify or set a colour, you'll open a sub-mini-colour | tint, etc.

Sometime, it seems like there are colour panels everywhere...

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12 hours ago, Wosven said:

Sometime, it seems like there are colour panels everywhere...

Yes. For the start they could join Colors and Swatches paletes like Paragraph and Character styles and put all boxes, sliders and wheels to be visible all the time. So, we can use what we want at once, and decide in which format to save the colors named like:

  • C25 M25 Y15 K0
  • R253 G120 B80
  • H20 S5 L18.

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