Many of the modules that allow text now have a standard Typography section, as shown in the following screenshot and described below.
Next to the Typography heading there’s an icon for responsive settings. Click this icon to add different settings for medium and small devices. If you don’t add settings for each device size, the settings for the desktop will apply to all.
The Typography section has the following subsections:
The Font subsection has the following settings:
Set the font family here: a system font or any of the Google fonts.
If you chose a system font in Family, you can choose Light, Normal, or Bold in the Weight field. If you choose a Google font, the Weight field lists any of the styles included with that font. For example, the Google Cabin font includes Normal, Medium, Semi-Bold, and Bold. The Google italic forms of the font family can be selected in the Style field of the Style & Spacing subsection. If you select a custom web font in Family, the Weight choices are limited to the weights you configured for your font.
Choose the font size, with px, em, rem, or vw as the unit of measurement. If this field is empty, the default setting is used.
Set the amount of space used for lines of text. Specify a number value and a unit of measurement. The dash value in the units list, shown in the screenshot below, means a unitless value, which means the number value is multiplied by the element’s font size. In most cases this is the preferred way to set line height, but you can also choose px or em. If this field is empty, the default line height is used.
Select one of the icons to align the text to the left, center or right. The buttons in this setting are toggles. If no button is selected, the default alignment is used.
Style & Spacing
This subsection includes the following settings.
Controls the horizontal spacing between letters, in pixels.
Allows you to change the case of the text string without retyping. It corresponds to the CSS
The choices are, from left to right: Normal (as typed), capitalize the first letter of every word, convert all letters to uppercase, and convert all letters to lowercase.
The choices are Default (whatever decoration is already set in the CSS for that element), None (which overrides any default decoration), Underline, Overline, and Line through.
This setting corresponds to the font-style property and is used for italic and oblique settings. The Style field offers the choices of Default (whatever style is inherited), None (font is regular, meaning upright, not italic or oblique), Italic, or Oblique.
- If you set Style to Italic, Impress Engine Builder loads the italic version of the font family you selected, if one exists. If not, the browser provides a computer-generated italic version of the font.
- Here’s a good article on the difference between italic and oblique fonts and the difference between glyphs designed by a typographer and computer-generated versions: TypeTalk: Italic vs. Oblique.
This field offers the choices of Default (whatever style is inherited), None (font is regular, meaning upright, overriding any inherited variant setting), or Small caps. The difference between Small caps and the Transform field’s Uppercase is that Small caps uses larger letters for letters that are capitalized in the original text, whereas Uppercase uses capital letters of uniformly equal height. The Small caps effect is shown in the animation below.
A text shadow effect adds a shadow behind the text, letting you control the shadow color, direction of offset ( X is horizontal, Y is vertical), and blur, as shown in the following screenshot, in which the shadow is moved to the right and down with enough blur to preserve the shadow on individual letters but not make the background shape distinct.