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Fitting text to a path in CorelDRAW

Fitting text to a path in CorelDRAW

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Fitting text to a path

You can add artistic text along the path of an open object (for example, a line) or a closed object (for example, a square). You can also fit existing text to a path. Artistic text can be fitted to an open or closed path. Paragraph text can be fitted to open paths only.

After you fit text to a path, you can adjust the textís position relative to that path. For example, you can mirror the text horizontally, vertically, or both. Using tick spacing, you can specify an exact distance between the text and the path.

CorelDRAW treats text fitted to a path as one object; however, you can separate the text from the object if you no longer want it to be part of the path. When you separate text from a curved or closed path, the text retains the shape of the object to which it was fitted. Straightening the text reverts it to its original appearance.

 

Process to add text along a path

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To add text along a path

  1. Select a path using the Pick tool .

  2. Click Text Fit text to path.

  3. The text cursor is inserted on the path. If the path is open, the text cursor is inserted at the beginning of the path. If the path is closed, the text cursor is inserted at the center of the path.

  4. Type along the path.

  • You canít add text to the path of another text object.

  • You can also fit text to a path by clicking the Text tool and pointing to a path. When the pointer changes to a Fit to path pointer, click where you want the text to begin, and type.

 

Process to fit text to a path

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To fit text to a path

  1. Select a text object using the Pick tool  .

  2. Click Text  Fit text to path.
    The pointer changes to the Fit text to path pointer . As you move the pointer over the path, a preview of where the text will be fitted is displayed.

  3. Click a path.

  4. If the text is fitted to a closed path, the text is centered along the path. If the text is fitted to an open path, the text flows from the point of insertion.

  • Artistic text can be fitted to open or closed paths. Paragraph text can be fitted to open paths only.

  • You canít fit text to the path of another text object.

 

Process to adjust the position of text fitted to a path

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To adjust the position of text fitted to a path

  1. Using the Pick tool , select the text fitted to a path.

  2. Choose a setting from any of the following list boxes on the property bar:

    • Text orientation ó the angle at which the text sits on the path

    • Distance from path ó the distance between the text and the path

    • Horizontal offset ó the horizontal position of the text along the path

You can also

 

Use tick spacing to increase the distance between the path and the text in specified increments

Select the text. On the property bar, click Tick snapping, enable the Tick snapping on option, and type a value in the Tick spacing box.

When you move the text from the path, it moves in the increment you specified in the Tick spacing box. As you move the text, the distance from the path is displayed below the original text.

  • You can also change the horizontal position of fitted text by selecting it with the Shape tool and dragging the character nodes you want to reposition.

  • Using the Pick tool, you can move text along or off the path by dragging the red glyph that appears beside the text. As you drag the glyph along the path, a preview of the text is displayed. If you drag the glyph off the path, the distance between the text preview and the path is displayed.

 

Process to mirror text fitted to a path

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To mirror text fitted to a path

  1. Using the Pick tool , click the text fitted to a path.

  2. In Mirror text area of the property bar, click one of the following buttons:

    • Mirror horizontally ó flips the text characters from left to right

    • Mirror vertically ó flips the text characters upside down

  • You can apply a 180-degree rotation to text fitted to a path by clicking both the Mirror horizontally and the Mirror vertically buttons.

  • You can also mirror artistic text and paragraph text frames.

 

Process to separate text from a path

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To separate text from a path

  1. Select the path and the fitted text by using the Pick tool .

  2. Click Arrange Break text apart.

 

Process to straighten text

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To straighten text

  1. Using the Pick tool , select the fitted text and the path.

  2. Click Arrange Break text apart.

  3. Using the Pick tool, select the text.

  4. Click Text Straighten text.

 

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