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Monday, 1 June 2009

Text on Path

Once again this is only a basic outline to help you learn Inkscape to create files to cut on digital die cutters. I have outlined the methods I use and there may be other ways to achieve the same result. The following information can be downloaded in pdf format here.

This is the method I use.
- Draw shape
- Type text
- Select both
- Text>Put on Path

- relocate text along path and kern text
- Path>Object to Path
- path can now be removed.
- save file.

Screenshots below. Click on image for a larger view.


type text, draw line, Text>Put on Path.


After Text>Put on Path further changes can be applied.
In the example below, I placed the cursor in front of the first letter and used the space bar to move the wording further along the path.


After moving the words along the path, the letters are too close in a few places.
I just placed the cursor to the left of the letter to be moved and
Alt→ to alter the spacing.
The same kerning principles apply to text on path. See
here for more on kerning.


- Path>Object to Path.
- delete path.

- save file.

Text can be placed on closed paths, open paths and freehand drawn paths.

Text on a closed path.
- draw shape
- type text
- select both
- Text>Put on Path
- by default the text is placed underneath the oval. Rotate until text is on top of shape.
- kern text.
- select oval and text, then Path>Object to Path.
- delete the oval.
- Select text, then Path>Union.
- Save file.
Click on image for a larger view.


Visit Heather M's blog to see how to put text on the top and bottom of a circle and oval. Heather also has many other great easy to follow tutorials on her blog for users of Inkscape and SCAL.
Text inside an oval.
For the example I used the same text and oval as above.
Draw shape, write text, select both, then Text>Put on Path.
I then selected the oval only and flipped it horizontal. The text is now inside the oval.
- kern text
- select all, then Path>Object to Path.
- delete the oval.
- select text, then Path>Union.
- save file.

Update added 21st July.
I just found a great video tutorial showing this feature. Here is the link to "Place Text Around a Circle" at screencasters.heathenx.org.
Update added 7th October
Visit Heather M's blog to see how to put text on the top and bottom of a circle and oval. Heather also has many other great easy to follow tutorials on her blog for users of Inkscape and SCAL.

Text on Path - Word Welded to Shape

Welding words to a shape is a great feature to learn if using Inkscape to make digital cutting templates. Here I will show the method I use. For the example I am using a circle, but any shape can be used. All of the examples have no fill and the stroke is black. I also mention text kerning, if you need further information the post is here.
I know there are a few ways the same result can be achieved. After learning the basics, play around with the feature and find the method that suits you best.
Click on any image for a larger view. Download as a pdf file here.

- Type text
- Draw shape
- Select both text and shape
- Text>Put on Path


After Text>Put on Path, the text is placed upside down on the lower part of the circle.


If you prefer to have the text on top, just rotate the object.


When text on path is applied the shape and the text do not overlap sufficiently to weld.
I prefer to highlight all the text then Alt↓ until the text overlaps the shape.
The example required Alt ↓ being done twice.
Alternatively the circle could have been enlarged to overlap the text.


Then Path>Union.

The shape can now be cut.

Letters such as g, j, p, q, and y should be kerned up before welding or the lower section is incorporated with the shape. Click here if you need more information on text kerning.

Summary
- Draw shape

- Write text
- Select both

- Text>Put on Path

- Kern letters to desired location.
- Overlap the text and shape.
- Path>Union.

More examples

Visit Heather M's blog to see how to put text on the top and bottom of a circle and oval. Heather also has many other great easy to follow tutorials on her blog for users of Inkscape and SCAL.