Text along Path

In the bluesky.xcf image, create a new layer called text on circle. The text from the path will be filled in here. Next create a circle from the Ellipse Select tool (hold down the Shift key as you use the tool to create a circle). After that, select To Path from the Select menu. A circular path is created that you can set to visible with the eye symbol in the Paths dialog. Give it the name circle. Then delete the selection by choosing Select > None. Now you can write the actual text with the Text tool.

In Figure 3.71, you can see the font characteristics that I have chosen and the result of clicking on the Text along Path button in the tool options of the Text tool.

The generated text layer can immediately be made invisible again (using the eye symbol) because it is not needed. Instead, activate the text on circle layer that is, in contrast to the text layer, the same size as the image. Therefore, the entire image size can be used later for filling. Next, connect the paths in the Paths dialog using the chain symbol to the left of the preview image in the Layers dialog. This way, they can be scaled and rotated together using the Scale and Rotate tools. In the tool settings of the Scale tool you must select Transform: Path. To keep the paths aspect ratio fixed while scaling them, you must select the Keep aspect check box at the bottom of the tool settings. Alternatively, you can press Shift during the transformation. Use the same settings for rotating and positioning with the Move tool.

3.11 USING THE PATHS TOOL AS A MASKING TOOL —USING FILTERS FOR LIGHT EFFECTS

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Figure 3.71

The font characteristics in the tool settings of the Text tool. The result is depicted in the image window and includes all paths, the circle, and the two paths from the split-up text in the Paths dialog.

Figure 3.71

The font characteristics in the tool settings of the Text tool. The result is depicted in the image window and includes all paths, the circle, and the two paths from the split-up text in the Paths dialog.

You still have to add the text. In the next step, remove the link between the two paths in the dialog by clinking the chain link symbol next to the preview image. You just want to add the text and not the circle. Then click on the path with the text to activate it. Click the Path to selection button at the bottom of the Paths dialog (or alternatively choose Select > From Path). You can't use anti-aliasing for a color pixel filling as would normally be the case using the Text tool. However, you can add some feathering to the selection. In this example, this is not necessary because soft borders are automatically created along the curved and slanted letters as they are added.

Activate the text on circle layer and fill it with the selected color. This time choose Edit > Fill with FG Color. Keep in mind that you should deselect the selection before you give your text a drop shadow and a beveled edge with the following filters: Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow and Filters > Decor > Add Bevel.

USING MASKS AND L AY E R S — PA I N T I N G, FILLING, AND COLOR TOOLS

Figure 3.72

The finished image with the filled text containing a drop shadow and a 3D effect for the font

Figure 3.72

The finished image with the filled text containing a drop shadow and a 3D effect for the font

Figure 3.73

Path from Text: The selection from the text path was filled after distorting the path with the Perspective tool and editing individual letters with the Paths tool in Design and Edit modes. After filling the selection from the path, I applied filters in the following order: Bevel, Curve Bend, and Drop Shadow.

Experiment to see what you can add. The path where you place your text can have any form, and it doesn't have to be closed. You can also place your text on a rolling wave.

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