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text in half circle

Posted: July 26th, 2014, 2:18 am
by christiaanjanssen
For a wedding invitation I need to create a die stamp. This has a 40 mm diameter. In the middle it will have the date in text form. On the top part the name of bride should appear but should follow the shape of the circle. The same applies for the name of the man an the bottom.
I still have not found a way to have text to follow the curved line of a circle or to convert the text to an image and follow the circle.

Any help very much appreciated.

Re: text in half circle

Posted: July 26th, 2014, 5:47 am
by Jean-Jacques Boutaud
Hi christiaanjanssen

There's no "Circular Text" in SP (DC has one!).
The way to create this kind of "text effect" is to use Art Text.
No need to own a copy of AT yet, SP embedded AT as a plugin.
So:
#1 from SP, you insert an AT object (Insertion>Art Text…);
#2 this launches AT with a default document (note that the "Export" button, at the bottom right of the document window, has been renamed "Link Back");
#3 you make your own document from this one;
#4 then, clicking the "Link Back" button, this document is sent to SP.
#5 for further modifications, simply double-click on the AT object, this sends it back to AT.

Documentation:
SP: http://www.belightsoft.com/products/swi ... atures.php
AT plugin: http://www.belightsoft.com/products/arttext/plugin.php
More, don't forget the SP help, too.

That being said, you would have a look to the "Underground House" logo, from the Logos templates, to see how it uses the geometry tool.
From my (very) humble opinion, this kind of layout is not always an easy task.
Text may be distorted, depending of the font used or the length of text.
You may use two different layers, one for the bride name and another to the man name unlike what is done in the "Underground House" template.

Hope this helps.

Re: text in half circle

Posted: July 27th, 2014, 12:06 am
by christiaanjanssen
Jean Jacques,

excellent solution!


Christiaan