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Lunacy 5.9: Text Improvements, Suggestions Panel, Tints and More

New updates and improvements have been added to Lunacy, our free graphic design software. Get a quick review from release notes of what this release brings up for Lunacy users.

New features

Suggestions panel

Now when you select a shape, an open path, or a text you will see a panel with suggestions of styling options based on your previous actions and choices. In case you’ve just started using Lunacy, the panel will provide some preset styles. You can:

  • Scroll the content of each panel column (except for font size)
  • Resize the panel and its columns
  • Move it up or down by dragging the handle in the top-left corner of the panel. Lunacy remembers the position of the panel individually for each object
  • Manage the content of the panel. Right-click over the panel to invoke the context menu and see the options
  • Disable the panel through View > Suggestions
  • The figure below shows views of suggestions panel for shape and a text

For details about using the panels, read here and here.

Tints

Tints are a quick and easy way to apply a color to grouped objects and symbol instances. They are particularly useful when you need to adjust the color of a semi-filled object or a complex icon.

The Tints section appears in the Inspector only when you select a group object or a symbol.

Unlike other styling options, you can apply only one tint to an object.

GUI Tools

Lunacy team has added a set of tools that allows you to quickly add basic GUI controls that include:

  • Drop-down lists
  • Buttons
  • Text fields
  • Checkboxes
  • Radio buttons
  • Toggles
  • Tints

When you select a control added with any of these tools, you see the suggestions panel that allows you to:

Change the type of the control

Select the style of control

Select the control state

To edit the appearance of a control, you can use the symbol editor.

Symbol Tool

The symbol tool allows you to quickly create mockups of interfaces by adding placeholder symbols and then replacing them with required GUI elements.

  • To draw a placeholder symbol just select the Symbol tool and drag over the required area. Placeholder symbols appear as pink rectangles with the question mark.
  • To replace a placeholder symbol, select it, and use the suggestions panel that will appear.
  • You can also use symbols from the Symbols page. For this, enable the tool, then go to the Symbols page and click the required Symbol. The same applies to symbols from UI kits.
  • When the Symbol tool is enabled, you can press the C and Shift+C hotkeys to switch between the symbols that you’ve used earlier and quickly add them onto the canvas.
  • If you want your custom symbols to appear on the suggestions panel, you should properly tag them in the Inspector.

Text Formatting

Text formatting has become a way easier. You no longer need to select a word or the whole text to make it bold, italicized, or whatever.

Just set the caret inside a word or at the end of the text and apply the required formatting. In the latter case, the formatting will be applied to the whole text.

Improvements

  • The Icon tool also has its suggestions panel now. Currently, it shows your latest 16 icons. The panel does not appear when you open the Icons Library.
  • Text alignment magnets now also appear upon the selection of multiple text objects.
  • Newly-added text objects now inherit the style of the previous text.
  • Now you can edit the layout grid for several artboards at the same time.
  • Now you can tag symbol types for better symbol suggestions.

Keep updated with new Lunacy improvements via the Release Notes.

In case you haven’t tried Lunacy yet, just a brief intro: it is a free graphic design software with built-in design assets such as icons, vector illustrations, and photos. The tool is a native Windows app so welcome to download it from the Microsoft Store.

Also, welcome to check simple tutorials on how to make a custom image for social media in Lunacy and how to make a meme in Lunacy.

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