updated on 05 August 2022 | reading time: 5 minutes

Working with text

Text properties

Text properties

When a text object is selected the Appearance panel displays settings for several character and paragraph properties.

Basic text properties (1)

Basic Text Adjustments in Corel Vector

Color (1)

You can choose a solid color for selected characters or the whole text box. Every character in the text box can have a different color.

Note: You can also add Fills and Borders to the text, like any other object. You can adjust the fill to make text transparent or semi-transparent.

Font family (2)

You can choose a typeface for selected text. You can have multiple fonts inside one text box. There are 3 font buckets:
Font family buckets

  1. Web Fonts(1) tab includes all of the fonts contained in the Google font library.
  2. Imported Fonts(2) tab includes all custom fonts imported manually inside Corel Vector. To import fonts, go to File > Import > Add Fonts and point to the font files on your computer. Compatible font formats are TTF, OTF, TTC, and DFont.
  3. System Fonts(3) tab shows all fonts installed on your OS.
    This option is only available in the desktop version.
Note: If you don’t see some of your installed fonts in the System fonts tab on Windows 10, try installing them for All Users.

Weight and style (3)

Font weight and style properties in Corel Vector

Displays all weight and styles available for the font (light, regular, bold, italic, and more).

Note: The number of font styles and weight varies from font to font.

Font Size (4)

You can select preset sizes from the drop-down list or type in a size. The font size is displayed in points (pt) for all units except pixels, where the font size is displayed in pixels.

Decoration (2)

Text decoration in Corel Vector

(1) Bold: only active when the font has a bold weight

(2) Italic: only active when the font has an italic style

(3) Underline:  draws a line at the bottom of the characters

(4) Strikethrough: draws a line in the middle of the characters

Text decorations in Corel Vector

Horizontal alignment(3)

This section controls the horizontal position of the text in the text box.

Horizontal alignment in Corel Vector

  1. Left(1) is a default alignment option in Corel Vector. The text is aligned to the left side of the text box.
  2. Select Center(2) if you want to position text in the center of the text box.
  3. Select Right(3) if you want text aligned to the right of the text box.
  4. Fully Justified(4) if you want words spaced to fill the text box.
    Horizontal alignment by example in Corel Vector

Vertical alignment(4)

Vertical alignment of the Text in Corel Vector

This section controls the horizontal position of the text in the textbox.

  1. Select the Top(1) to position text at the top of the text box. This is the default setting.
  2. Select the Middle(2) to position a block of text in the vertical center of the text box.
  3. Select the Bottom(3) to position text at the bottom of the text box.
    Vertical Alignment by example Corel Vector
Note: This is only available if the Height option is set to Fix so that the text box has a defined size.

Spacing text (5)

Spacing text in Corel Vector

Adjust the value in the Char text field(1) to kern or track letters in the words (kerning and tracking is a process of adjusting the space between two or more glyphs). To learn more about tracking and kerning, see Art of Kerning in the Corel Vector Medium blog.

Type numbers in the Word text field(2) to adjust the space between two or more words in the sentence.

Adjust the value in the Line text field(3) to change the leading or line spacing in Corel Vector. The default value is 100%. You can type a value or use or to increase or decrease the distance between the lines in the block of text. Also, you can switch to pixel values by clicking on % sign.


Tip: In all input boxes, you can use the mouse wheel to change values in increments of 1. Hold Alt to change the value in steps of 0.1, or Shift for increments of 10.
Be careful: Corel Vector’s text engine renders line spacing in a different way than browsers. If you want to translate line spacing (Corel Vector) to line-height (CSS property), use pixel units instead of percentages.

Sizing (6)

Fix or auto sizing for the text in Corel Vector

The Sizing section defines how textual content fits the text box. Changing the width to Auto instead of Fix resizes the text box to fit the text.

Be careful: This might resize the text box to extend off the page.

Select Auto for Width(1) if you want the textbox width to fit the width of the content inside.

Select Fix for Width(1) if you want the content to wrap in the fixed-width text box.

Fix width sizing in Corel Vector

Select Auto for Height(2) if you want the text box width to fit the width of the content inside.

Select Fix for Height(2) if you want the content to wrap in the fixed-height text box.

Fixed Height sizing in Corel Vector


Note: Resizing the text box manually by dragging sets the sizing to Fix.

Text direction and RTL support (7)

Text direction properties

Open to the Script panel(7) to set a  writing direction or orientation:

  1. Left-to-Right(1) (default)
  2. Right-to-Left(2)
  3. Top-to-Bottom(3) sets the text vertically.

Text Directions by example

Text script

Script section auto and manual

By default, the Text Script drop-down in the Script section is set to Auto (1), where Corel Vector substitutes the best available script.

You can choose it yourself from the available options (2).

Selecting the script manually in Corel Vector

Autoscale font (8)

When the Autoscale Font check box in the text properties panel is checked, text is resized like any other vector object. Note: Autoscale Font was called Scale Font on resizing in older versions of Corel Vector.