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Circular Text 
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Circular Text PSP 7

Snap Text Around A Circle - Upper And Lower - Advanced
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This tutorial demonstrates how to snap text around an upper and lower circle. 

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In order for you to work along with this tutorial, it is important to set the exact text and canvas measurements as outlined below.  After you have followed this tutorial’s exact measurements, and have successfully snapped your text around a circle - you will then be able to select any font, size, or path size you prefer; perhaps applying a circular object (such as a Preset Shape) inside the text, as I have done.  When snapping circular text to paths, it is important to remember that all measurements need to be altered accordingly - it is especially important (when applying the lower text), to adjust the Text Entry Palette’s Leading setting. 

This technique quickly improves with practise.

Important Leading, Text Justify, Spacebar and Kerning Notes

Open a New Image, and set the following attributes. (5 Inches X 5 Inches).

Then from the Colour Palette, set the Background colour to Solid Black.

From the left-side Tools Toolbar, activate the Preset Shape Tool.

And enter the following settings into the Tool Options Palette.

Now, whilst pressing your keyboard’s Shift key - simultaneously draw a circle onto your white canvas; remembering to leave room for the subsequent text. Then from the top menu, choose Objects then choose Align then choose Centre in Canvas - your circle will now be centralised, as illustrated below.

From the Toolbar, activate your
Text Tool .

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Then hover your cursor over the exact area indicated by the arrow below.

And when you see the following symbol .

Left-click. Then from the subsequent Text Entry dialogue; enter your desired text - and set the exact attributes below. 

When working along with this tutorial, choose a maximum of 10 digits, (this includes any spaces).

Text All The Way Around The Circular Path
If you plan to snap one continuous text line completely around the circle, then enter your desired text. The number of text characters required to fill the circle depends on the text, and circle’s size.

After you have entered your text settings, click OK. Your text will then be applied (or snapped) around the upper circle, as indicated below - and it will be isolated with a
Selection Marquee.

5/ Apply 3D Effects
Whilst your text remains surrounded by the marquee, you are able to add an Inner Bevel or Drop Shadow.  To do so, from the top menu, choose Effects then choose 3D then choose Inner Bevel - or Drop ShadowKeep your text selected for the time being

6/ Text Along A Lower Circle
It is time to snap the text along the circle’s lower curve. Therefore, from the top menu, choose Layers then choose New Vector Layer.
Understanding Layers Tutorial.

From the subsequent Layer Properties dialogue, enter a name for the new layer - perhaps naming it Lower Text, then click OK

Your circle will now be surrounded by a large Vector Deformation Bounding Box - as illustrated below.

From the left-side Tools Toolbar, left-click the Object Selector Tool.

And in the Tool Options Palette, left-click the following Node Edit tab.

Your circle will then be surrounded by four (Node) rectangles; and they will be positioned as illustrated below. 

Now, hover your cursor over the bottom (six o’clock) Node, and when you see the following black arrow head and cross.

Immediately right-click. And from the subsequent drop-down menu, choose Edit. Then from the fly out menu, choose Reverse Path - as illustrated below.

The bottom node should now have a spear through it, as illustrated above.

Important Note
If you exit Paint Shop Pro; for example, to open an e-mail; Node Edit will close.
To return to Node Edit, click the Node Edit  button on the Tool Options Palette, (as described back in Chapter 7 - you will also have to repeat Chapter 8.

Now, double-left-click to activate the Text Tool, then hover your cursor over the circle’s black line; in the exact area indicated by the arrow below.

And when your cursor changes to the following icon .

Immediately left-click.  Then from the subsequent Text Entry dialogue box, change the lower text to your choice - ensuring it is a maximum of 10 digits; (including any spaces);- and the alignment remains Centred. In addition, to make the text fit the lower curve, change the Leading to 20. After the changes have been carried out - click OK.

Important Leading Note
The Leading is the most important setting; (changing it snaps the text to the lower circle, with precision). Therefore, take a little time to discover the best Leading setting for you - and change it accordingly. 

After clicking OK to apply the text; click Yes to the following warning dialogue box.

After its application, your lower text will be applied directly over the upper text - and you will notice it is upside down and back to front.

To rotate the lower text, from the top menu, choose Image then choose Rotate. Enter the following settings into the subsequent Rotate dialogue box, then click OK

After clicking OK - your text will be positioned as illustrated below.

To reposition your lower text, from the Tools Toolbar, activate the Mover Tool .

Then hover your cursor over the lower text, and drag it to the lower curve - as illustrated below.

Apply 3D Effects to the lower text, just as you did with the upper text in
Chapter 5.

Then from the top menu, choose Selections then choose Select None - or press Ctrl
then D

Click OK to the subsequent warning box, and you are ready for the next step.

14/ Remove The Circle
It is time to remove the circle; therefore, from the Layer palette, left-click to highlight the layer that contains your circle - as shown below.

Then left-click the Layers Visibility Toggle, (the spectacle), and you will see a red
X appear; as illustrated above. Your circle has now been hidden - and your circular text is complete. (Alternatively, Delete the circular Preset Shape layer).

Now you have created your circular text, you can save it as it is; alternatively, Merge Visible the Layers, then convert them to Raster layers, (Layers then Convert to Raster), then apply effects inside the text - such as Picture Tubes - or a Preset Shape, as I have.

To finish, link here to learn how to optimise and save your work.

Final Notes
Text snapped along a path is entirely influenced by the Kerning, Leading and Text Justify settings; I have therefore written a brief outline of their actions.

This increases the space between each character; the higher the number of the Kerning, the bigger the gap becomes. When you have learned the basic principles, experiment with the Kerning and see the difference yourself.

Increasing the Plus or the Minus of this setting decides where on the path your text will be positioned; Minus will move your text further above, and Plus will move your text further below the path. Again, experiment - and see what can be achieved.

Text Justify
This setting aligns your text onto the path; to the Left, Centre or to the Right.

If the text characters are too close together (along the path) - you can add a space to nudge them along. To do so, move your cursor to the beginning of the text (In the Text Entry
box), then from your keyboard, press the Spacebar in single increments, and your text will move along accordingly. You can also bring the text closer together by using the Delete key to delete text characters.

The length of text and measurements are exact for this tutorial; however, if you would like to change the text size, font, Preset Shape, and amount of dialogue, you will need to adjust the Leading, Kerning and Alignment settings - especially for the lower text. With practise, it is possible to utilise most Vector Preset Shapes as text paths.

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