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Can I create a skewed frame with unskewed text?

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This applies to Designer & Publisher. Skewing a text frame always skews the text inside the frame. I know I can apply a reverse skew to the text with the text panel. but is it possible to create a skewed text frame without skewing the text?


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AFAIK in the actual AD 1.6 release line this is not directly possible, the text follows there always the given text frame attributes, aka when the text frame is skewed or rotated the text inside is too etc. - So you can possibly only try to use workarounds here, like grouping a text frame and a shape together or things like that.


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Seems a shape (or text frame) cannot be changed to simple path. You have to draw a shape with pen tool and convert to text frame to have a skewed shape AND upright text.

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It can be done in Publisher, somewhat

In brief...
Use a rectangle
Skew it
Reset the bounding box  (Geometry, Intersect - trick)
Convert to Text Frame

 

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3 hours ago, MickRose said:

Geometry, Intersect is greyed out here.

Carl missed a step, you need to duplicate the skewed rectangle, select both rectangles and the do the intersect and convert to text frame. Works in Affinity Designer and Affinity Designer βeta 1.7.0. and Affinity Publisher βeta 1.7.x 


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20 hours ago, MickRose said:

... is it possible to create a skewed text frame without skewing the text?

I am not sure if this would work for your project, but instead of skewing the frame object, you could convert it to a curve (which you should do before adding any text to it to prevent converting the text to curves) & then create the skew effect by moving the top or bottom pair of nodes left or right.

I did something like that in this no skew framed text.afdesign file (history included) where I duplicated the rectangle that would become the frame object, converted it to a curve object, & shrank it slightly to create a default margin so the text would not go all the way to the edge of the frame, & dragged the nodes sideways. After adding some text, I eventually changed its baseline so it would start closer to the top.


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On 6/1/2019 at 2:16 PM, R C-R said:

I am not sure if this would work for your project, but instead of skewing the frame object, you could convert it to a curve (which you should do before adding any text to it to prevent converting the text to curves) & then create the skew effect by moving the top or bottom pair of nodes left or right

Thanks R-CR - that's what I was looking for.


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