Modifying Vector Text – Paint Shop Pro 8 Power!

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You create vector text by selecting the Text tool, choosing Create as vector in the Tool Options palette, clicking in your image to bring up the Text dialog box, and entering your text. Once you’ve placed your vector text, it can be modified in two ways: You can modify the standard vector properties by right-clicking the text’s object button in the Layer palette and choosing Properties. This brings up the Vector Property dialog box, just as for any vector object. You can call up the Text box by double-clicking the text’s object button or by clicking with the Text tool on the text itself. You can modify any of the settings in the Text tool’s dialog boxincluding the Font , Size , Kerning , and Leading or in the Materials palette. You can’t use Paint Shop Pro’s effects on vector textor on any vector object. If you want to add effects to text that you’ve created as vector, you’ll first need to convert the vector layer containing the text to raster. In the Layers palette, right-click the layer button of the vector layer containing the vector text and choose Convert to Raster Layer. Some raster effects can be simulated with vectors. For example, you can simulate a drop shadow by placing one copy of your vector text on top of another copy, with the top copy slightly displaced. Give the lower copy the color you want for the shadow and give the upper copy whatever materials you want for the text itself. Instead of following a straight horizontal line, text can be made to follow a curved path. To make text conform to a path, first define a path by drawing a vector line or preset vector shape and then ‘attach’ the vector text to the path: Begin by creating a path. For this example, we’ll draw a horizontal S-shaped curve for the path. Choose the Pen tool in Draw mode, and in the Materials palette set the Stroke style to Solid Color, with the color set to anything other than the image canvas color . In the Tool Options palette, select Point to Point as the segment type, and be sure that Create as vector is selected. To begin the path, click about halfway down on your image canvas a few pixels to the right of the left edge. Drag straight down until the head of the arrow control is within a few pixels of the bottom edge. Then click near the right edge of the image canvas and drag again straight down until the head of the arrow control is within a few pixels of the bottom edge. (See Figure 6.22.) Choose the Text tool. In the Tool Options palette, set Create as to whatever you likeSelection, Floating, or Vector. Choose the font and font size you want. You can also select Anti-alias here, if you like. Set the styles and textures in the Materials palette to get the stroke and fill that you want for your text. Choose the alignment for your text. For text on a path, Align Left positions your text so that it begins at the point you click on, Center centers the text around the point you click on, and Right Align positions the text so that it ends at the point you click on. Click on the vector curve. You’ll know that the cursor is positioned so that it will follow the path when it changes to an A with a curve below it. The Text Entry box then appears. Enter the text you want in the Text Entry box and click Apply. You’ll then see something like the image shown in Figure 6.23. If you created your text as vector, both the curve and the text are now selected. You can move, resize, or deform them with the Object Selection tool just as you can any other vector objects. You can also modify the curve with Node Edit. You probably don’t want the curve itself to be visible. There are a couple ways to make the path invisible. If you expand the vector layer information in the Layer palette, you can just click the Visibility toggle on the curve’s object button. Another alternative is to access the curve’s Vector Property dialog box and deselect Visible . In the preceding example Warp Text was selected in the Tool Options palette. With this option, the shape of each text character is warped to better conform to the path. When this option is not selected, each text character retains its normal shape. Compare the two examples in Figure 6.24. (Especially note the differences in the initial ‘C’ and the exclamation point.) Sometimes when Warp Text is unselected, the text along the curve is squashed together in places. You can correct problems like this by adjusting the spacing of the whole string of text, or character by character, with Kerning . You can also adjust how close the text on the path is to the path. To move the text below the path, set Leading to a negative value. To move the text above the path, set Leading to a positive value. Source.

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