using text
Click anywhere, and type.
j2e is just like a sheet of paper, you can click anywhere and start typing. You don't have to start at the top left of the paper. When you click on an empty space, j2e magically creates a new text frame. This reaches from where you click, to the right edge of the paper. The text will wrap to a new line when it reaches that edge.

If you want to reposition your text, just double click to 'object' select it, the whole text will be surrounded by a box. Drag it to where you want it. When it is selected like this, you can move over the left or right edge, and drag to change the wrap width. If you move to a corner sizing point, you will find you can drag to scale the whole text larger or smaller.

Selected like this, you can also rotate it!

Adding to existing text
The only problem with being able to click and type anywhere, is that it is all too easy to create a new text frame, when you really wanted to add to the old one. To avoid this you must pay attention to the cursor shape before you click. If the shape is the I beam, you will be clicking into existing text, just what you need for adding. If the shape is the pointer arrow, then clicking will create a new separate text frame.

Double clicking to get caret into the right bit of text
Some times you will have other objects, or other text, overlaying your text. If the first click does not select the object you wished, or place the caret in the text you wished, just double click. Double clicking will select underlying objects, or place the caret in underlying objects. You may have to double click several times, but you will get there!

Changing font, size etc.
Use the tools in the right hand tool panel to change font, colour, size etc. Your default font for new documents is set in my account -> my settings -> my defaults

Fun with text
Graduated fills
As well as colouring text with a flat colour, you can add a graduated fill. After selecting the text, choose a colour, then click the 'gradient' tick box. Now choose a second colour, and tick 'cyclic'.

Masking a picture
This is a little more complex. First create your word as a separate block of text. Change its font and size to suit. Now click on convert to shape. With the new shape selected, click of 'fill', to make the shape just an outline. Move the word over a picture, and tick 'is mask' in the tool panel. Take care what is under the shape before you do this, it will mask any object it overlays. If you have a problem, just click off 'is mask', and move the picture and shape to a clear bit of paper, and try again.

3D shadows
Double click to select a block of text. Then select 'shadow' and '3D' from the tool panel. This produces some cool looking text. You will see a small pink control circle, Use this to change the angle of the shadow.

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