The power and characteristics of modern painting programs have expanded dramatically in recent decades, and one of the capabilities of these programs is to take text, convert it to an image, and then bend the image along a curve. Younger readers will be surprised to learn that not many years ago, there were no programs that could accomplish this feat, but today the function is found even in free software. Different image editing applications have different ways of doing this. One of our favorite tools at TechJunkie is Paint.NET, a drawing program that rivals (at least in some area) with programs like Photoshop, but which itself is a free program. Readers who want more information about Paint.NET should consult this good e-book, but in this article, I'm going to focus on the basics of doubling text using Paint.NET.
How to get Paint.NET
If you don't already have Paint.NET, you can download it for free from Paint.NET website. As you can see, Paint.NET has a built-in text option on the Tools menu, but that option doesn't include features for curving text.
Dubbing text can be done with the simple installation of Paint.NET, but it is a lot of work. With the Move selected pixels option, you can add a bending effect to the text by manually editing it letter by letter. Obviously, this is less than ideal: if there was some way to increase the power of the software …
In fact, one of the most powerful features of Paint.NET is that it supports a variety of plugins to improve the functionality of the program. One of those is the dpy plugin package which adds numerous tools to Paint.NET that allow you to bend text. Dpy includes Circular text, SpiralText and WaveText tools. Dpy was last updated in 2014, but it still has an active user community and still works perfectly.
You will need to add the plug-in to Paint.NET before opening the software. Unzip the compressed folder of the plugin by opening it in Windows 10 File Explorer and pressing the Remove all button. You must extract the ZIP into the Paint.NET Effects folder, which is commonly found in C: Paint.net Effects program files. Note that you may need to manually navigate to the Effects folder to make sure the .dll plugin files are at the root of the Effects folder, as shown in the second screenshot below.
Now run Paint.NET and click Effects > Text formations to open the menu shown in the screenshot directly below. That includes eight new editing options for the text. The ones that interest us most are the Circular text, SpiralText and WaveText tools.
Add a circular curve to text with the circular text tool
Select Circular text to open the Circle Text dialog box, shown in the screenshot directly below. Choose a font from the Font drop-down menu. Then enter some text in the text box and you will see a preview on the sheet layer. You can also select some extra Bold font and Italic Format options in the window.
Perhaps the most essential option here to bend or bend, the text is the Arc angle Pub. When you first open the Circle Text window, it will be set to 360 degrees by default. Accordingly, if you click OK With that angle selected, you will have a full text circle as shown below.
If you want to keep the text more in-line and fold it, drag the Arc angle Sweep further to the left and greatly reduce its value to something more than 90 degrees. If the text overlaps, drag the Radio bar further to the right to expand it. So there could be curved text more like the one shown in the snapshot directly below.
If you need to adjust the initial angle of the text, drag the Start angle Pub. Drag that to something like -60 and the Arc angle at 125.95 with a Radio setting of approximately 245. Then your text will be much more of a semicircular arch comparable to the rainbow as shown below.
Move the text with the center bars. Drag the top center bar left / right to move it left and right. Drag the bar just below that to move it up and down on the sheet.
Add multiple curves to text with Wave Text tool
the WaveText The tool is one that adds a sine wave effect to the text. As such, with that you can add multiple curves or curves to the text. Click Effects > Text formations > WaveText to open the window directly below.
Now type something in the text box. You can choose another font and add bold and italic formatting with the options just below that. If you then click OK without adjusting any of the default settings for the wave effect, your text will look something like this below.
The longer the text, the more waves it will have. A small piece of text will probably have a single curve. The best way to adjust the amount of waves in the text is to drag the x tone Pub. This modifies the horizontal width of the curves, so dragging that bar to the right will effectively reduce the number of waves.
the and pitch The bar adjusts the height of the waves. So dragging that bar to the left reduces the height of the wave and straightens the text. Drag the bar to the right to expand the height of the wave curves.
To add a vertical wave, click Change x / y check box Then the text will be vertical and will scroll the page as shown directly below. You can further adjust the position of the text with the center bars exactly the same as in the Circle tool.
Fold text with the spiral text tool
the SpiralText The tool is one that adds a circular spiral staircase text effect, giving your text that extra irresistible curve. Select SpiralText from the Text formation submenu to open your window below.
Then you can enter some text in the text box and adjust its format in the same way as in the other tools. In general, it is better to have a smaller font size so that the text does not overlap. the Font size reduction ratio The bar progressively reduces text from left to right unless you drag it to the far left. If you do, and don't adjust any of the other default settings, you might have an output more similar to the one shown directly below.
You can apply a semicircular arc curve with this tool if you only enter a small amount of text. Reduce text spacing by dragging the Division sweep further right to a value of about 56. Then if you drag the Tone sweep further left to about a value four and adjust the Start bar angle At -90, you can bend the text to more than one arc as shown below. This is an output similar to what you can get with the Circular text tool.
the Clock hands the check box can completely alter the direction of the text. So if you don't select that option, the text will go counterclockwise. That can give you more than one anchor bow as shown below.
As you can see, with the Paint.NET Dpy plugin you can now quickly add curved curves to text with three great tools. The tools are flexible, and if you play around with your settings, you can fold the text in many ways.
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