► Note

While you're using a Type Mask tool to make a text-based selection, the letters appear filled with a solid color. This is only to help you visualize the text; after you're finished, the letters switch from being filled in to being outlined by the dancing ants.

Clicking any of these tools in the toolbox reveals several items in the Options bar, where you can specify the direction of the text and its font family, face and size, alignment, and color. You can also add anti-aliasing to create soft edges, or warp the text along a curve. These options are pointed out in Figure 7-1.

In addition to these options, there are two palettes that provide access to important information about your text:

• Character palette

• Paragraph palette

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