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text along path problem

Jul 14, 2011, 09:28
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text along path problem
Hi,

I've been struggling to get some text to go along a circular path. I've finally done it, but it's going along the wrong part of the circle - I want it to go along the top and it's part way round - and I can't seem to find a way to move it along. I've tried several times but it does the same thing each time.

Also the text isn't showing in the right font, although it is in the text box. Am I missing something?

Many thanks

Penny
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Jul 14, 2011, 11:43
Post: #2
RE: text along path problem
Text along path starts where the reference path starts, and its sometimes difficult to control.

Two techniques:

You can use the Path editor to "cut" the reference path where you want the text to start:
- Ctr-click on the path to add a point where you want to cut.
- Shift click on the side you want to remove to delete the segment. You can Shift-Click segments or control points.
- This method will give you a good control on where things start but you most likely want it centered so the second method is best if it applies to your case.

If you can retrieve the coordinates center of the reference circle path, rotate the obtained text path to bring it into position:
- use Text to path
- Start Rotate tool, put it into "Path" mode
- Make sure its rotation center is the same as the original circle path
- Rotate the text path

Another problem you may have is that text starts on the wrong side: this is caused by the direction of the circle path. There are scripts to change that direction(*)

So far for me the text is the same in the text box and in the "text along path" result. Of course if after "Text along path" you change the font it won't update the "text along path" result with the new font.

(*) blowing own trumpet (actually penny whistle... I play it and have an extensive collection): see "reverse-strokes" here: http://gimp-path-tools.sourceforge.net/index.shtml

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Jul 14, 2011, 14:05
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RE: text along path problem
Thanks muchly for your very informative and helpful info and link. Graphics never was my strongpoint, and while I can see gimp is extremely flexible, I'm having a hard time of it understanding how it works, so your help is very much appreciated.

Good too to hear from another trumpeter - my son plays jazz trumpet and is extremely fond of his Smith Watkins.

Thanks again
Penny
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