Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video text on a path, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Now that we've taken a look at both kinds of text, let's look at text on a path. Applying text on a path allows the baseline of the text to be defined by whatever curve line, or even an object that you've placed your text on. I'm going to show you a couple of ways to do that. First of all, let's create text right on a path that already exist in our diagram. We'll go down here to the text tool in the tool box once again, and you notice that we have our shape drawing cursor with a little text icon in the bottom right hand corner just like we would a rectangle or an ellipse or any of the other shape drawing tools.
In this case, if you watch that icon it will change when I touch the path. There I go. Now, it's showing me that little a on a curve. I'm going to click here. It set my cursor on the path. I can type text on a path, and I'll go back to my pick tool. Now I have the red gliff that allows me to slide the text along the path. Really, that's defining the offset of how far away I'm from the beginning of my path.
I have some other options too. Before I get started here, I'm going to change the size of my text to take up a little more space. The only way I can do that right now ... I'm going to grab this. Go back to my text tool, and just going to highlight my text, and change the definition from 24 to 48. There we are, double it. All right, so we have some options. Up here in the property bar we can choose the orientation of our text. In other words, right now the text is flowing directly away from the path.
As you can see down here, the T is moving in this direction, and the E is sitting in this direction, and the X is sitting in this direction, really following the contour of that curve. I have choices here. I can have it standing straight up, or I can have it all set like this, and last but not least, you can have all your text sitting at 90 degrees, and really it's ignoring the path. You're following the contour up and down, but the text itself is not bending or leaning towards the path. By default, I use this most often,the first setting.
That's the most natural text on a path. We also have our placement. We can place it above or below the path. Here you see below. I can have it go through the path, and again that really depends on the effect you're trying to achieve. We have some other setting as well. One that's worth noting here is the distance from path. That allows me to increase the distance the text takes from the path, so that I can move it up and away from the object that it's sitting on. Now, the path and the text still remain separate objects.
I can go here and click on the path, and right-click to have no outline. There we go. The text appears to be sitting into thin air following the contour of some unknown object. As a note, it's a bad design technique to delete a path. The text will maintain it's shape if you delete the path, but it's a really bad idea. You want that path there, so that if in the future you need to edit the path you can do that. I'll grab my shape tool, change the shape of the path, and the text continues to follow me.
As well, I should point out that the text remains editable through this process. I can change the word path to the word curve. It simply flows along. It hasn't effected the placement of my text in any way. Now, that's text on a path. If I control click that text, get rid of that. If you already have a piece of text, that's on your page, and you'd like to place it on a path, you can simply go up to the text menu, choose fit text to path, and you'll get this large selection cursor.
which allows you to choose the destination. There you go. Now we're right back to the same options we had just a moment ago. You can see I placed a shape here on our page. I mentioned that even a shape can be guidelines for our path. Now, if I place the cursor on this path or on the shape, now I have text flowing around this object. It remains just as editable as it did when it was on a simple curve. I can snake it around this entire square.
I can move it off the square a little bit. Here's where I might want to have it stand off the square a little, so the effect is more pronounced.