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Sign Tool

Modify custom signs, such as street name signs and freeway billboards

Description

Use the Sign Tool to modify custom signs, such as street name signs and freeway billboards. You can partition the sign into rectangular regions and then place text, graphics, and colored rectangles within the sign.

Billboard above a RoadRunner highway scene that says "RoadRunner Demo, Sign Creation".

Open the Sign Tool

On the RoadRunner toolbar, click the Sign Tool button:

Sign Tool button

Examples

Place Instance of Sign in Scene

To place a sign in a scene, click and drag the sign asset from the Library Browser into the scene. Alternatively, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the desired sign asset.

  3. Right-click in the scene to place the sign.

Modify Sign Regions

You can create separate regions within a sign and modify each region separately.

Split a Region into Two Regions

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the region you want to split.

  4. Click the Add Horizontal Split or Add Horizontal Split button.

    Add Horizontal Split button

    Add Vertical Split button

    When you click the button, the region splits at the middle and draws a separator line. To adjust the position of the split, you can click and drag the separator itself to the appropriate position.

Delete a Region

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit.

  3. Click the region to delete.

  4. Press Delete to remove the region.

Edit the Color and Boundary Properties of a Region

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit.

  3. Click the region you want to edit.

  4. Set the Color and Boundary properties in the Attributes pane.

Modify Sign Text

You can add text boxes to signs and edit the text within them.

You can also modify the visual properties of the text and modify the fonts. RoadRunner uses the standard system fonts installed through the operating system. For details on adding new fonts, see Text Fonts.

Add New Text Box

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the Add Text button to create a new editable text box in the sign.

    Add Text button

    The text box inherits the properties of the last picked text box and appears centered in the last picked region.

Delete Text Box

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the text box you want to delete.

  4. Press the Delete key, or select Edit > Delete from the menu bar.

Edit Text in Text Box

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the text box you want to edit.

  4. Select the Text attribute on the Attributes pane, and type in the desired string.

Change Font or Other Visual Properties of Text Box

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the text box you want to edit. The attributes of the text box appear in the Attributes pane.

  4. Edit the desired attributes on the Attributes pane. The Small Caps option can be used to format lowercase letters as smaller capital letters

Modify Sign Graphics

You can add bitmap or vector graphic to signs and modify the shape, color, or visual properties of these graphics.

Add New Sign Graphic

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click and drag a graphic onto the sign.

Delete Sign Graphic

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the graphic you want to delete.

  4. Press the Delete key or select Edit > Delete from the menu bar.

Edit Shape of Graphic

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the graphic you want to edit.

  4. Click and drag the edges of the graphic. The pointer changes to the resize symbol.

Change Color or Other Visual Properties of Graphic

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the graphic you want to edit. The attributes of the graphic appear in the Attributes pane.

  4. Edit the desired attributes in the Attributes pane.

Modify Sign Rectangles

You can add rectangles to within signs and modify the shape, color, and other visual properties of the rectangle.

Add New Sign Rectangle

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the Add Rectangle button on the toolbar on the left.

    Add Rectangle button

    The new rectangle inherits the attributes of the last rectangle selected or has default values if no rectangle has been selected.

Delete Sign Rectangle

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the rectangle you want to delete.

  4. Press the Delete key or select Edit > Delete from the menu bar.

Edit Shape of Rectangle

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the rectangle you want to edit.

  4. Click and drag the edges of the rectangle. The pointer changes to the resize symbol.

Change Color or Other Visual Properties of Rectangle

  1. Click the Sign Tool button.

  2. Click the sign you want to edit: either a sign asset in the Asset Browser or an instance of a sign in the 3D scene.

  3. Click the rectangle you want to edit. The attributes of the rectangle appear in the Attributes pane.

  4. Edit the desired attributes in the Attributes pane.

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Introduced in R2020a