Version 6 and 7 of PSP© has vector text capability.
PSP© has traditionally been a raster (pixel based) program. Vector based drawings have their image information based on mathmatical formulas
of curves. You can resize (up or down) a vector drawing, and will have no loss of clarity or sharpness of the image.
I didn't plan to write a tutorial, so I didn't 'document' every step of the
way, and I don't have details here about all the tools I used in PSP 6, but there are some screen shots.
4) Create a new VECTOR layer. One way I've found, is to highlight any layer, then RIGHT click the mouse to get the menu ... and choose 'New Vector Layer'.
[ 5) Later, duplicate the filled shape layer and draw a different path if desired. ]
|On that layer, choose the Draw tool, "create as vector" checked, to draw the line / shape that you want your text to flow along.|
Switch to the text tool, hold the curser near your new vector line until
you see the 'A' underlined with a 'rocker curve' (as I've seen it called), click at that point.
text box will come up, type your text. If you want to adjust the letter spacing (and odds are, you will) create your text as vector. You can always change it to a raster
After text is typed, select all your text, and THEN choose the color and font desired.
If you RIGHT click the color box inside the text box, it will bring up the most recently used colors. AND, if you hold the dropper tool over a color, it will give you the
In the examples shown below, I basically created one "button", then duplicated that layer, and re-edited the words.
Also "faded" the butterfly image to give a clearer view of the vector line and also my text. (see the 'btrfly' layer, the opacity is pulled down to 42, and it is placed over a solid white layer.) Of course, for your final image, you can choose to have your "object" full color, or faded.
To do this screen shot, I duplicated the entire image several times,
and brought up the different layers to be able to show each individual one.
I used two different sizes of butterflies in this experiment,
larger size suitable for a welcome sign, or similar. The smaller size for buttons.
In the text box, you can choose to have the text align left, center, or right. See image below - for location of text alignment control. When positioning my vector text, I sometimes needed to put a space or two BEFORE the text started, in order to position it where I wanted it to be, in relation to the butterfly image.
I hope when I get more experienced at drawing the vector lines I won't have to make as many adjustments *s*.
Depending on the curve of your text path, you will probably have to add kerning or reduce kerning between letters. Possibly, can add a space
between letters, and that will make the correct size gap between tight letters on an inside curve, like the word 'Saying' is on below. You can only do
this if your text is in vector format, too. You can always convert the text to raster later.
The amount of space, or kerning, will all depend on your text and the curve it is on. You may
need to re-edit your text several times before you get the spacing to a point you are satisfied with it.
A raster layer is one that can have image effects on it, like drop shadow, beveling, filters applied, etc. Another option is to duplicate that vector
text layer and make the duplicate layer become a raster layer. In case you ever want to go back and edit the raster text later. Save as a PSP
6 image ... aahhhhh you should be saving right along, actually. You can duplicate that image, bringing each layer to the top and do a 'save as'
for your final images. Especially if you need to reduce colors for .gif format. If something goes wrong, you can always do your adjustments and
saves again later, since you have your 'original' in PSP 6 format.
|I wish I had known about this "little trick" earlier! It's really GREAT that PSP 5, 6, and 7 has the capability of "re-selecting" text
with a couple of simple steps! This will ONLY work IF your text is on a seperate layer.
1) Select the layer that your text is on, use the rectangle selection tool, and make a box outside of your text.
2) Then use the magic wand to select INSIDE that box, the selection will "snap to" your text, even inside the closed letters! You can add drop shadow, beveling effects, whatever!
Thanks to whoever it was that wrote about it on the PSP news group!
If your swap drive is on the same harddrive as everything else, it can still be a problem and slow down your work and processing of the graphic program. It's because the heads have to move back and forth to different areas of your single harddrive. Swap runs faster, smoother, better when it's on a separate harddrive.
And run scandisk and defrag often! It's a weekly ritual on my C drive here, and the swap drive gets done after every major graphic editing session! Since there's nothing on the swap drive but the swap drive, it takes all of 30 seconds to do that one :-) I can say that since getting the separate harddrive/swapdrive, that I have rarely ever crashed PSP and lost work. And when I have, it's because I've made 20 'multi layered with filter effects' items and I haven't saved a single one of them ... so I had been forcing PSP and my computer to do more memory work than I should have!
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