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Curved text

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11-26-2001 06:52 AM
As a new user I am trying to curve text to a curve or circle.
Can this be done? If there is a solution I would be grateful.


Henk Pasma
pasel@iig.com.au
*Nolte, John
Message 2 of 15 (355 Views)

Re: Curved text

11-26-2001 02:04 PM in reply to: Henk
Henk:

There isn't a real convenient way to do this in AS. However, Curved text in
other applications can be imported via the windows clipboard or by dragging
and dropping. MS Word WordArt will do pretty good arcs that can be
manipulated in AS to half circles.

You can also use a circular array to distribute a single letter around a
circle or an arc, and then edit each letter to form your text.

Assume we want 24 letters and spaces around a circle.
Draw the circle to the radius you want. Select Text Point from the
All-In-One toolbar.
On the Edit Bar, select Center Bottom for the justification point.
Using --quadrant snap, select the top of the circle for your text point.
In the text window, type the letter used most often in your circular text,
and hit OK.
With the letter selected, select circular array from the All-in-one, or
Edit>Transform>Circular Array.
In the window that pops up, check Center: Select after ok. Radial
duplication: 0
Angular: 23 copies @ 15 degrees.
Do not check "Keep Upright" and do not check "Create Group."
Click OK.
With snap --center snap, select the center of the circle. Your letter
will array itself in 24 positions around the circle. Now by editing each
letter, you can formulate your text to say what you wish. Select a letter,
click the Edit Text button on the edit bar, and change it to any other
letter. To make a space, select a letter and press Delete.
For more or less letters, or just an arc, calculate the angle between
letters. By selecting all of the letters, you can rotate and move them
around in your drawing.

John


"Henk" wrote in message
news:f09af04.-1@WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
As a new user I am trying to curve text to a curve or circle.
Can this be done? If there is a solution I would be grateful.
Henk Pasma
pasel@iig.com.au
*Higginbottom, Barry
Message 3 of 15 (355 Views)

Re:

11-26-2001 04:49 PM in reply to: Henk
In the good old days of Drafix there was a macro that did this job for you.


Another reason why I stilll have v4 installed.

I live in hope....

Barry Higginbottom
YORK, England

"John Nolte" wrote in message
news:1CDF2DA8B6D14A17020CD0054830FE33@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> Henk:
>
> There isn't a real convenient way to do this in AS. However, Curved text
in
> other applications can be imported via the windows clipboard or by
dragging
> and dropping. MS Word WordArt will do pretty good arcs that can be
> manipulated in AS to half circles.
>
> You can also use a circular array to distribute a single letter around a
> circle or an arc, and then edit each letter to form your text.
>
> Assume we want 24 letters and spaces around a circle.
> Draw the circle to the radius you want. Select Text Point from the
> All-In-One toolbar.
> On the Edit Bar, select Center Bottom for the justification point.
> Using --quadrant snap, select the top of the circle for your text
point.
> In the text window, type the letter used most often in your circular text,
> and hit OK.
> With the letter selected, select circular array from the All-in-one, or
> Edit>Transform>Circular Array.
> In the window that pops up, check Center: Select after ok. Radial
> duplication: 0
> Angular: 23 copies @ 15 degrees.
> Do not check "Keep Upright" and do not check "Create Group."
> Click OK.
> With snap --center snap, select the center of the circle. Your letter
> will array itself in 24 positions around the circle. Now by editing each
> letter, you can formulate your text to say what you wish. Select a
letter,
> click the Edit Text button on the edit bar, and change it to any other
> letter. To make a space, select a letter and press Delete.
> For more or less letters, or just an arc, calculate the angle between
> letters. By selecting all of the letters, you can rotate and move them
> around in your drawing.
>
> John
>
>
> "Henk" wrote in message
> news:f09af04.-1@WebX.maYIadrTaRb...
> As a new user I am trying to curve text to a curve or circle.
> Can this be done? If there is a solution I would be grateful.
> Henk Pasma
> pasel@iig.com.au
>
>
*Howe, Graham
Message 4 of 15 (355 Views)

Re:

11-27-2001 02:16 AM in reply to: Henk
In message <1CDF2DA8B6D14A17020CD0054830FE33@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb>, John
Nolte writes
> By selecting all of the letters, you can rotate and move them around
>in your drawing.
But what if it were an ellipse curve as in the case of nameplates?
--
Graham Howe mail: (ghowe@mcb.net)
Home Web site: http://www.homepages.mcb.net/howe/
*CL
Message 5 of 15 (355 Views)

Re:

11-27-2001 06:02 AM in reply to: Henk
Well, Er, ah....

I guess that is why I have an Engraving program as well ! I have yet to
find an affordable CAD type program that can handle engraving. I own a copy
of Cadlinks Signlab. That handles text wonderfully !

Like I have mentioned.... No one program has "hit the nail on the head" yet
!
Chris L

Graham Howe wrote:

> In message <1CDF2DA8B6D14A17020CD0054830FE33@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb>, John
> Nolte writes
> > By selecting all of the letters, you can rotate and move them around
> >in your drawing.
> But what if it were an ellipse curve as in the case of nameplates?
> --
> Graham Howe mail: (ghowe@mcb.net)
> Home Web site: http://www.homepages.mcb.net/howe/
*Harvey
Message 6 of 15 (355 Views)

Re:

11-28-2001 03:37 AM in reply to: Henk
Chris,

This is a common operation with other CAD programs. I've used them and
know how useful that function is.

Never tried the one you mentioned (actually this isn't the place to
represent other products) but if you want to email me directly we can
chat.

I've described how to do this a few times before, it's somewhat similar
to John's although his takes advantage of circular array, a neat
workaround.

But setting circular text shouldn't require anything like the moves John
suggests. They work OK, but it's quite long and involved, many clicks
and lots of typing.

Imagine setting the limits of a curve and just typing text.
*Harvey
Message 7 of 15 (355 Views)

Re:

11-28-2001 03:49 AM in reply to: Henk
Come to think of it, I think I like my way better than John's, merely
because it's so simple - consider the source. At great personal expense,
here's what I do:

1. Type the text you want with a TTfont. All of it.
2. Select and Explode the text.
3. Move each element into position (by eye) and fill the text with the
color you want.
4. Go outside and have a cigarette.

That's what I remember, without loading the program and trying it all
again. This probably won't do for you, Chris, if you're making signage,
but it works well enough if you're designing a house.

Others can flame away. I should care?


CL wrote:
>
> Well, Er, ah....
>
> I guess that is why I have an Engraving program as well ! I have yet to
> find an affordable CAD type program that can handle engraving. I own a copy
> of Cadlinks Signlab. That handles text wonderfully !
>
> Like I have mentioned.... No one program has "hit the nail on the head" yet
> !
> Chris L
>
> Graham Howe wrote:
>
> > In message <1CDF2DA8B6D14A17020CD0054830FE33@in.WebX.maYIadrTaRb>, John
> > Nolte writes
> > > By selecting all of the letters, you can rotate and move them around
> > >in your drawing.
> > But what if it were an ellipse curve as in the case of nameplates?
> > --
> > Graham Howe mail: (ghowe@mcb.net)
> > Home Web site: http://www.homepages.mcb.net/howe/
*Jackson, Paul
Message 8 of 15 (355 Views)

Re: Curved text

11-28-2001 08:43 AM in reply to: Henk
Hello

 

Try this

 

Type a character at the beginning of where you want
the text to go, on the side of the circle.

 

Use the rotation handle for the character and align
it with the centre by chosing for centre snap and hold the [shift] key to
unconstrain the rotation.

 

Use the [+] or [-] keys to rotate the character the
way you want it.

 

Select the character and by right clicking on it
choose the 'Move About Point' and if you are still in click on the circle
and the dot will go to the centre of the circle.

 

Now by holding the [Shift] + [Ctrl] keys
you can use the rotation handle to move the character around to create the
second character.

 

Almost finally, with the second character still
highlighted hit the
  • as many times as you like to make more
    characters.

  •  

    Finally individually change each character by
    double clicking on it to edit.

     

    See very very easy, this should take about 10
    seconds, give or take a few minutes.

     

    Paul Jackson


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    As
    a new user I am trying to curve text to a curve or circle.
    Can this be
    done? If there is a solution I would be grateful.


    Henk Pasma
    pasel@iig.com.au

    *Harvey
    Message 9 of 15 (355 Views)

    Re:

    11-28-2001 09:04 AM in reply to: Henk

    > See very very easy, this should take about 10 seconds, give or take a
    > few minutes.

    My way takes 10 seconds give or take a few seconds. I WIN!
    *Nolte, John
    Message 10 of 15 (355 Views)

    Re:

    11-28-2001 10:34 AM in reply to: Henk
    These methods seem so similar to what used to be type setting. That is so
    nostalgic I thought of another way:

    1. In mirror image, draw your text on a linoleum block.
    2. Carefully cut it out.
    3. Prepare an ink pad.
    4. Print the text with the linoleum block on clean paper.
    5. When the ink dries, scan the paper document and save as a bitmap.
    6. Import the bitmap into the drawing.
    7. If the alignment is not right, select everything but the bitmap and
    rotate it for proper alignment.

    If you are on the clock, this will take one 40 hour work week, including
    breaks, plus or minus a nano second. One chili donut please.

    John

    "Harvey" wrote in message
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    >
    > > See very very easy, this should take about 10 seconds, give or take a
    > > few minutes.
    >
    > My way takes 10 seconds give or take a few seconds. I WIN!

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