This tutorial was created March 25, 2005
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This tutorial was written for PSP9.
I have included lots of instructions and screen shots with the hope that anyone can do this tutorial.
I have most of my favorite effects on a toolbar but I have included the path to each effect so it will
be easy to find them if you are new to PSP.

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 9, a 30 day trial program can be downloaded here.
No outside filters will be needed for this tutorial.

Let's start by opening a new 600x350 white canvas.
Click on your Pen Tool and go to your Tool Options Palette and put in these settings ...

Make your Foreground color black and turn off your Background color.
Go to your canvas and with your Pen Tool click and drag just a bit, somewhere around X 50 and Y 250
(you can see these numbers if you look at your status bar.)

then click again around X 550 and Y 250, dragging just a bit when you click the second time.
This will make a vector control arm visible, like below, on both ends of your line. You
can only see one at a time, so don't worry if you only see the one at the end when
you are done.



Grab the top node on the control arm and pull it up and to the middle, like below ....






Then repeat the same step for the right side.


Now we've got our 'curve' drawn for the text to follow. To apply text, click on your Text Tool and go to your Tool Options Palette and make sure in the "Create as:" window you have Vector selected.
Hold your cursor on the line and click ...




This will open your Text Entry window. Type in your text and highlight it. Now you can go to your
Text Tool Options Palette and select your font, size, style and alignment. There are options for
Leading (the distance your text sits on the line, plus to move it higher and minus to move it below.)
and Kerning (the distance between your letters, plus to move them apart or minus to move them
closer together.)
You can also make any changes to the color in your Materials Palette, too. You may want to add an outline color. You can also change the amount of outline by changing the Stroke width in the Text
Tool Option Palette. You can use patterns or textures for your background fill, too.
You can make as many changes as you want to when you choose vector text. When you get your
text done to your satisfaction, click OK to apply it.



Now let's get rid of that line!
Go to your Layers Palette and you will see a plus sign next to the Vector 1 layer.



Click on it to expand the layer.



Turn off the "New Path" layer by clicking on the eye.



Now you can convert that layer to a Raster by right clicking on the Vector 1 layer and click on
Convert to Raster Layer. Now you can add a drop shadow to your text and you are done!
I used a stroke width of one and a pattern for my fill for this example below.


Just something to pass along about using vector text. After you have applied your text you can
still make changes as long as it hasn't been converted to a raster layer. Expand the vector
layer in your Layers Palette and click on the text layer.



Right click on the layer and you will see options for ..
Edit Text will allow you to change the font, size, stroke width, etc.
Properties will allow you to change the color and line width and line style.

Another fun thing in the right click menu is Convert Text to Curves/As Character Shapes.
I'll be posting a tutorial on that, so check back soon!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and you have fun putting your text on curved lines!

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