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Text on a Curve - to Rasterize or Not to Rasterize??

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I am loving using Paul Mudditt's Mud's Macros V3,  however, sometimes I get there ........... and sometimes not.  Despite a few hours, I have not worked out

what I may be doing wrong (some of the time).   It seems to all come back to the beginning of the sequence.  I create a New Document, then create a shape (usually

a crescent).  I place the Text tool slightly to the right of centre of the Curve -  which is crucial as I understand --- (a) to identify the start point   (b) to identify the

size of the font.  Then I invoke the macro.  At this point the flashing cursor often disappears for whatever reason.  It may be because the layer is not rasterized, or

because of there is no (coloured) background.  However, I have tried fixing both, but still get the problem most times.   A couple of times, I have realised that the 

text and background colour are the same, so obviously the lettering does not show, however, even when I have the text as black, still the problem persists! 

This is doing my head in, so if you can suggest what to do??

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49 minutes ago, firstdefence said:

Here is the link to Pauls Macros: Mud’s Macros V3

That seems to be a link that downloads the .afmacros file. Is there a post in the forums or elsewhere that describes the included macros & how to use them?

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7 hours ago, Jaffa said:

I create a New Document, then create a shape (usually

a crescent).  I place the Text tool slightly to the right of centre of the Curve -  which is crucial as I understand --- (a) to identify the start point   (b) to identify the

size of the font.  Then I invoke the macro.  At this point the flashing cursor often disappears for whatever reason.  It may be because the layer is not rasterized, or

because of there is no (coloured) background.  However, I have tried fixing both, but still get the problem most times.   A couple of times, I have realised that the 

text and background colour are the same, so obviously the lettering does not show, however, even when I have the text as black, still the problem persists! 

  1. You do not need to do anything with the Text Tool before running the macro. Just create your vector shape or path, and with it selected, run the macro. That will turn the shape/path into a Curve Text or Path Text object, and will insert some sample text. You will end up with the Artistic Text Tool active, and the cursor at the start of the text.
  2. To adjust the start/end points drag the colored triangles.

  3. Next, delete that text. You can then set the font, font size, and stroke color you want in the Context Toolbar.

 

 

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FWIW, over the last few days I have noticed other odd forum behaviors as well, like the little red badge on the notification icon at the top of the page not appearing even when I get a notification of a new post at the bottom of the forum page I am viewing, both of which always used to work in sync, & sometimes jpeg or png attachments to topic posts taking much longer than before to appear on the page.

It is as if the forum servers are overloaded & can't keep up with the demand, or something like that.

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9 hours ago, walt.farrell said:
  1. You do not need to do anything with the Text Tool before running the macro. Just create your vector shape or path, and with it selected, run the macro. That will turn the shape/path into a Curve Text or Path Text object, and will insert some sample text. You will end up with the Artistic Text Tool active, and the cursor at the start of the text.
  2. To adjust the start/end points drag the colored triangles.

  3. Next, delete that text. You can then set the font, font size, and stroke color you want in the Context Toolbar.

 

 

Thanks Walt, it seems that I have been trying to overthink the process.  At least, in the meantime, our little group of seniors can now confidently use that method. 

Nevertheless, in due course I will try to work out how sometimes I managed to set the font size, etc, to speed things up - it did work just great.

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