When I go to make a sign in ms word, how do I judge how hi and wide it is so it looks right on my building front. I know how to make a text box, add letters and that stuff but wonder about size?
I did this on an old floppy-disc PC in MSWord ('90's version).
I forget exactly, but I think there was a menu item that put a ruler scale on the X&Y axis', and you could drag the box to a 'more or less' exact size... plus small text boxes where you could enter precise X & Y values.
I'm on a Mac.
I used the "Pages" app to make a sign for a building on the train table.
I measured the actual sign so that I'd have the dimensions.
Then, I created a "lined rectangle" and adjusted the height and width to the required dimensions.
Then, I created a "text box" and placed it inside.
I added the building name "Millerton Milk & Dairy", chose a font to use (Korinna), and sized/centered it within the text box.
Looked like this:
Then I printed it out, cut it to size, and use a piece of double-stick tape to stick it onto the empty sign panel.
Nothing fancy, but it did a "good-enough" job for me:
Use the 'table' feature to make a single or group of boxes. You can set the cells of the table to an exact height and width in inches or mm, then adjust your font size to an appropriate value for each sign.
I think one of the hardest parts of trying to reproduce a historical sign is in finding exactly the right font to use. Luckily there are a lot of online websites now with free fonts available, and even some tools that can help you narrow down the font used. Even so, I have spent hours in the past trying to find exactly the right font (I had to replace the VIN tag on my motorcycle frame when I stripped it down and repainted it, and wanted to make an exact replica of the original).