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Ability to apply formatting to the frame of frame text

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Maybe this is in the pipeline with Affinity Publisher, but something I frequently seem to need is the ability give frame text a solid background colour. I currently do this by grouping a filled rectangle with the frame text in the layers panel. This works well until you apply a transparency which is also then applied to the text as well.
 
So my request is to have the ability to change the formatting of frame text including the background (including transparency) and line style.
 
It would also be useful for alignment purposes to have the option to see the frame of the frame text when viewing in Outline view mode when not selected.
 
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Windows Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. Windows 10 Home (v1809). Windows scaling 115% 

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You can set the background colour of Frame Text in the Character panel


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So it does

But nothing a little jiggery pokery can't resolve

It even scales perfectly using the extended bottom right node (or whatever it is we call that now)

 

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1 hour ago, Jonopen said:

I frequently seem to need is the ability give frame text a solid background colour. I currently do this by grouping a filled rectangle with the frame text in the layers panel. This works well until you apply a transparency which is also then applied to the text as well.

I think that happened because you put the rectangle above the text. Simply drag the rectangle below the text, as you had in your top example, and then the opacity change will affect only the background color.


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1 hour ago, carl123 said:

So it does

But nothing a little jiggery pokery can't resolve

It even scales perfectly using the extended bottom right node (or whatever it is we call that now)

 

That only works for very specific cases. Drag the text frame so the text splits into a second line or change the leading of two lines and the limitations will become obvious.

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Hi Jonopen,

In your second example you clipped the text inside the rectangle. Changing the opacity of the rectangle will affect both since the text is "inside" the rectangle., but if you use the Opacity slider in the Colour panel for the colour of the rectangle itself it will not affect the text and you can keep the text clipped inside the rectangle.

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Thanks MEB, that's great news to hear. I'll give that a try tomorrow. Thanks also to Carl and Walt for taking the trouble to look into this too.


Windows Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. Windows 10 Home (v1809). Windows scaling 115% 

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