|The Power of TypeStyler
Welcome to TypeStyler, a creative environment that brings Macintosh
ease-of-use to display typography. The Macintosh is known for
impressive graphics; TypeStyler converts type into the kind of
editable, flexible graphical objects that built the Macintosh
reputation. With TypeStyler you can easily but dramatically
customize type styles, freely bending, slanting, and stretching,
resizing, changing colors, adding fills and shadows‚ and recycle
your work to save time and effort without limiting your
Projects that used to take hours can be done in minutes with
TypeStyler. You can use TypeStyler to create web-ready graphics,
headlines, ads, logos, labels, signs, book covers, illustrations,
stationery, presentations, posters, and cards.
Because it offers unique styling capabilities, some techniques used
in TypeStyler may be new to you. This Help Book will help you learn
how to take full advantage of all of TypeStyler's features. You
should already be familiar with your Macintosh and printer and
should understand basic Macintosh techniques, such as pointing,
clicking and dragging the mouse, selecting options from menus,
opening and saving files and using scroll bars. More advanced
issues are explained in the chapters of this Help book and its
How TypeStyler Works with Type and
TypeStyler is an object-oriented graphics program which records,
displays, and manipulates graphical information as coordinates, not
as a bitmap. TypeStyler allows you to create two kinds of objects:
type and panels. The program's type objects contain text, font,
shape and styling information, including color and pattern
selections. Panels are basically just backdrops, but you can choose
panels shaped as stars, circles, polygons and glyphs that have
greater visual impact than rectangular backdrops, especially if you
apply TypeStyler effects to them. Panels contain style and shape
information too, including color and image fills.
The advantage of handling text and panels as objects is that you
can easily resize, group, duplicate, layer, and manipulate them to
produce interesting effects. You can think of TypeStyler as being
similar to other object-oriented drawing programs, except that
TypeStyler specializes and excels in manipulating type.
TypeStyler can style and shape all fonts the Macintosh system makes
available. Support for all fonts is automatic. When the TypeStyler
application is launched, it searches the System to see which fonts
are installed. It then adds these fonts automatically to the font
list within TypeStyler, so that they are ready for use.
Family built fonts are fonts wherein the roman, italic, bold, and
bold italic styles are referenced in one FOND resource. TypeStyler
can access all styles present in the font family, for PostScript
Type 1 fonts, TrueType fonts and OpenType fonts.
Styles in a family built font other than the basic style are listed
differently than non-family built fonts. Following the basic name
of the font is the style of the font, separated by a colon. For
example, consider a family built font Bozonian. The following fonts
will appear in the Font Menu: Bozonian, Bozonian:ltal,
Bozonian:Bold, and Bozonian:Boldltal.
Customizing Type and Panels
TypeStyler includes libraries of default type and panel shapes, and
a library of default styles for both. With TypeStyler's tools,
you're free to customize any default attribute, creating partially
or entirely customized designs.
The Distortion Library
The Distortion Library contains 45 of the most popular
typographical shapes. If you don't want your type to go straight
across the page, you can quickly experiment with Perspective,
Double Twist, or Circular type. That's just a starting point - can
look the possibilities as you examine the Distortion Library. Any
shape can then be stretched and pulled between lines or Bezier
curves to create new shapes.
The Style Library and Style
Just as the Shape Library stores shapes, the Style Library contains
many ready to use styles, applicable to both type and panels. You
can choose a default style for your text or panel, or begin with a
plain style and modify it in the Style Workshop, choosing from
patterns, gray scale, color, graduated fills and effects, outlines
and inlines, and numerous shadow effects. You can cut, paste, and
save the new styles that you create in the Style Library.
Working with Other Applications
TypeStyler imports Photoshop® (PSD), Illustrator® (AI), PNG, GIF,
JPEG, PDF, encapsulated PostScript file (EPS) formats from programs
such as Illustrator, FreeHand, Photoshop, and others. It also
imports other TypeStyler documents, allowing you to add previously
saved TypeStyler objects to a current document.
You can export your work in Illustrator® , Photoshop® , GIF, JPEG,
PNG, PDF, EPS and TIFF with clipping path, or PICT format, and use
it as an element in other applications such as Photoshop® ,
Illustrator® , FreeHand® , Pages® , InDesign® , Quark® Xpress® ,
and Microsoft® Word® .
You can use Drag and Drop for importing objects into a TypeStyler
document and also for exporting TypeStyler objects into
applications that support Drag and Drop.
Online Help is available by activating TypeStyler Help from the
Help menu on the menu bar.
Additional help can be found on the Internet by visiting Strider
Software's website or by accessing TypeStyler Online from the File
Compatibility with Prior
TypeStyler is fully compatible with documents created with prior
version of the product. Some documents created with versions prior
to TypeStyler 3.7.2, however, may cause objects to have slightly
different alignment and font substitutions from when when they were
originally created. This is because some internal points of
reference have changed. In order to preserve the typographic
integrity of early documents, TypeStyler checks to see with what
version the document was created. If it is an early version,
TypeStyler preserves the original reference points. Any new objects
created in the document will use the new reference points.