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Text around arc / ellipse / circle

Sep 5, 2011, 16:17
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Text around arc / ellipse / circle
Hi,

I'm trying to put a text around a circle / arc.

I'm able to create an ellipse with the select tool, create a path from it and then add a text "along the path". Unfortunately I can't specify on what position of the arc/ellipse the text should start (left-upper corner, middle, right upper corner, etc.).

Any hints on how to accomplish this?

thanks!
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Sep 5, 2011, 17:52
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RE: Text around arc / ellipse / circle
If it is circular then you can just rotate the path.

I don't know of any way to specify the start other than making the path more-or-less the length of the text.

Hopefully someone will come up with a correct/better solution for a true ellipse but maybe subtract from the original selection before converting it to a path for the text.

A couple of examples http://i.imgur.com/DJALc.jpg

I did a demo some months ago about putting text onto a path. Seems to confuse people but FWIW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ct4yDEX6Dw

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Sep 5, 2011, 19:09
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RE: Text around arc / ellipse / circle
(Sep 5, 2011 16:17)cudeso Wrote:  Hi,

I'm trying to put a text around a circle / arc.

I'm able to create an ellipse with the select tool, create a path from it and then add a text "along the path". Unfortunately I can't specify on what position of the arc/ellipse the text should start (left-upper corner, middle, right upper corner, etc.).

Any hints on how to accomplish this?

thanks!
You can "cut" the path to start exactly where you want the text to start. In the Path editor, add a control point (Ctrl-Click on the path) where you want the text to start then remove the segment before (Shift-click on it) and some control points (Shift-click on them).

If you are using a perfectly circular selection with a defined center, there is another method that may be more accurate:

- use tex along path to produce the text path
- use the Rotate tool in "Path" mode to rotate the generated text path around the same center.

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