This is a really great effect - curved text.
To fit text to a path there are two things that need to be done ...
To create the Path you need to create a Bezier Curve (ya - they also gave me fits at one point).
This is the Pen Tool - - and this is what you use to make Bezier Curves. This is not a tutorial on all of the aspects of Bezier Curves - we just want a curvy line so we can attach some text.
Here is the options bar for the Pen Tool ... set yours up this way.
Select Draw Point To Point (the little blue box) and put checkmarks in those boxes on the right.
Go to the Materials Palette and make the Background and Fill Properties Transparent (it took me a couple of hours to figure out where the transparent button is but you get the information instantly).
See that tiny little box on the lower right of the Materials Palette - the one outlined in Red?
That's where Corel hid the Transparency button. Ya, I know its in plain sight but sheesh - could it be any smaller and any less conspicuous? I think not ...
OK - the rant is over and the background color is transparent. If you don't set it to transparent then the background color will fill in the curves and you don't want that.
This is the part where it's good to have a Bamboo tablet, by the way.
With the Pen Tool selected and all of the options set as above it is time to make a Bezier Curve for the text ...
The curve is set now its time to add the text.
Select the Text Tool and move it up under the curve until it changes into this - - which means the text will be attached to the curve. Left click and start typing.
When you have added all of the little text effects you want click Apply and the text is now on the curve - isn't that great?
Oops - the line is still there, isn't it? Here's how to get rid of the line if you don't want it there ...
Select the Pick Tool, make sure you are on the correct layer, zoom in close on one end of the line and move the Pick Tool over the line. The Pick will change to a little cross - double click to bring up the Vector Properties box.
Now it is a simple matter of decreasing the stroke width to 0 and th eline disappears and all that is left is the text and this is how it looks ...
OK - so you have this pretty curved text - what can you do with it?
This is the layers palette with the background layer (Raster 1) and the Vector layer which contains the curved text.
Now you can try to build a page around it but that would be an exercise in total and complete frustration. If you save the file as a .jpeg then Paint Shop Pro will merge the two layers and having the curved text on a white background (or whatever color your background is) is not at all useful!
The best thing is to save the image with only the text (no background) and with Vector 1 layer totally transparent other than the text.
To do all of that just ...
To get the curved text on the picture of Max this is what happened ...
Now you can move the text around and resize it if that suits your needs (use the Pick Tool).
Isn't that just the collest thing? Have fun with it ...!
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