The Style Palette
Once created, the appearance of most types of objects can be modified using the Style Palette’s controls. Before an object can be modified, however, it must be selected using VisualNEO for Windows’s Selection Tool. Once selected, objects may be modified using the controls below:
Click the small arrow button to the right of this box to select a new Fill Color for the currently selected object. A special Color Selector window will appear, providing you with a selection of colors to choose from.
You may choose colors from the publication’s Color Palette or from a selection of Windows’ System Colors. Two small icons at the top of the Color Selector allow you to toggle between these choices.
For 256-color publications, your palette choices will match those assigned to the current page. (See the File > New or Page > Page Properties commands for more information on page palettes.) For 16-color publications, you may choose from the standard 16 Windows colors. For 16 Million color publications, you may select from a rainbow of colors or create your own shades by adjusting the color values using the RGB (red, green, blue) controls.
The System Colors are associated with various portions of the Windows interface (such as title bars, dialogs, buttons, etc.). System Colors can vary from computer to computer, since Windows allows users to customize these settings to suit their individual tastes. Select a System Color if you wish to use the same colors your readers have defined for their Windows interface.
Note: The System Colors displayed on your computer most likely will not be the same as those on your reader’s computer. Keep this in mind when designing your publication.
Click the small arrow to the right of this box to select a Fill Style for the selected object’s interior. Choose a fill pattern, click the “H” square for a Hollow object or click the “S” square to create a Solid object using the current Fill Color.
Enable the Transparent Patterns option to paint pattern-filled objects transparently, allowing items underneath to show through openings in the selected pattern.
Note: Objects, like Lines, which do not have interiors, are not affected by changes to the Fill Color and Fill Pattern.
Click the small arrow to the right of this box to select a Line Color for the selected object. (See Fill Color above for information about using the Color Selector.) If your object doesn’t appear to have a border, make sure the Line Width (below) is not set to “None.”
Click the small arrow to the right of this box to change the Line Width for the selected object. Selecting “None” will display the object without a border.
Click the small arrow to the right of this box to choose a different Line Style for the selected object. Line styles include solid, dashed, dotted and 3D lines. If your object doesn’t appear to have a border, make sure the Line Width (above) is not set to “None.”
Note: Some objects do not have borders or support line styles other than solid.
Click the small arrow to the right of this box to select a color for the selected object’s text. (See Fill Color above for information about using the Color Selector.) Objects that do not contain text are not affected by this control.
Click the small arrow to the right of this box to change the font used by the selected object’s text. The choices here depend on what fonts have been installed on your computer. Windows includes a basic selection of fonts and more are available from a variety of sources. Consult your Windows User Guide for information about installing new fonts on your computer. Objects that do not contain text are not affected by this control.
Note: Some fonts are copyrighted and cannot be distributed freely without the permission of their authors or publishers. Before using fonts in your publication, make sure you have the legal authority to do so. There are many free fonts available on the Internet which you may distribute with your publications. Also, using a large number of different fonts can greatly increase the size of your publication.