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centralising curved text

Jun 28, 2011, 15:19
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centralising curved text
I can add text to a path ok but I am having trouble with positioning curved text.Say for example I do a semi circle path and then add the text to it, how do i then position the text so that it sits dead in the centre of the arc? when I do it it starts at the beggininng of the arc and is therefore one sided when i later want to move and re-position the text. Any help would be great thanks...
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Jun 28, 2011, 19:22
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RE: centralising curved text
Your best bet is to:

- create the arc (which can be a full circle). Note the coordinates of the center (or mark them with guides)
- create text, and use 'text along path': your text path is created at random on the circle
- discard/hide the text layer (no longer needed)
- use the Rotate tool in "rotate path' mode to rotate your text path around the center of the circle, so you can position it exactly as you wish.

So more tricks to play:

- you can try to force your text path to be centered by adding characters on each side. You can remove them later ("intersect path with selection")
- if you didn't create the path, you have little control on its orientation, and unfortunately it make a difference on the side on which your text will bend. I have a small python plugin to reverse a stroke on my SourceForge site:
- another thing you don't know about a closed "stroke" is where it begins (this is where your "text to path starts...."). You can open it (and thus force a new origin) about wherever you want by adding two points on it, one being where you want it to start and the other one just before it, and delete the segment between the two (my site also has a path dump plugin that can help guessing things)

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