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Chapter 39. Creating Cool Text Effects > Creating Text on a Path

Creating Text on a Path

New to version 6, and continuing with version 7, is the capability to produce vector shapes and, using that option, create text on a path such as a circle. The following exercise will show you how that's done.

Open a new 500×500–pixel image with the resolution set to 72 pixels per inch. Set the background color to white and the image type to 16.7 million colors.

Set the foreground color to black. Set the Foreground Style to Paint and the Background Style to None.

Select the Preset Shapes tool and, in the Tool Options palette, select the Ellipse from the Shape Type drop-down menu and set the Line Width to 2. Place a check mark in both the Anti-alias and Create as Vector check boxes.

Place the cursor near the upper-left corner of the image and, while holding down the left mouse button and the shift key, drag the mouse toward the bottom-right corner of the image to draw a circle (see Figure 39.18).

Figure 39.18. Vector circle.

Set the background color to the color you want your text to be, set the Foreground Style to None, and set the Background Style to Paint. Select the Text tool and move the mouse pointer over the circle until the cursor changes to a plus sign with an A and a small semi-circle (see Figure 39.19).

Figure 39.19. Text on a path cursor.

Click the left mouse button to open the Text Entry dialog box.

In the dialog box, enter your text. Make sure that Floating is checked in the Create As option.

Your text should come in around the circle that you drew in step 4 (see Figure 39.20).

Figure 39.20. Text in a circle.



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