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This page is to briefly show something about how to place text on a path in Scribus.
 
This page is to briefly show something about how to place text on a path in Scribus.
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==First Steps==
 
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This particular line was made from a circle shape, converted to a Bezier Curve ('''''Context Menu:'' Convert to > Bezier Curve''' or '''Item > Convert to > Bezier Curve'''), broken, then edited to the form you see here. It is important to convert to a curve for Text on Path to work.
 
This particular line was made from a circle shape, converted to a Bezier Curve ('''''Context Menu:'' Convert to > Bezier Curve''' or '''Item > Convert to > Bezier Curve'''), broken, then edited to the form you see here. It is important to convert to a curve for Text on Path to work.
 
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==Now, the Magic==
 
Next, select both the curve and the text frame -- the easiest way may be to outline with the mouse using the left mouse button in '''Select Item''' mode.
 
Next, select both the curve and the text frame -- the easiest way may be to outline with the mouse using the left mouse button in '''Select Item''' mode.
  
 
Now click on '''Item > Attach Text to Path''', and you get the result here (shown after resizing text to fill the line).
 
Now click on '''Item > Attach Text to Path''', and you get the result here (shown after resizing text to fill the line).
[[Image:Textpath1.jpg]]
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| width="300px" | Well, in a sense it works, but not so visually attractive.
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See how some of the letters are bunched together, as in ''appliquées'' and ''applications''? It may be a visual trick, but we want it to be legible as well.
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Revision as of 05:13, 28 September 2006

This page is to briefly show something about how to place text on a path in Scribus.

First Steps

Textpath3.jpg
Looking at this first screenshot, we see an arbitrary line, and a text frame with a quote from Louis Pasteur. The text frame is a usual text frame, created at an arbitrary location on the page, then Story Editor used to enter this text. You can attempt to set the font and size this text properly, but as we'll see this isn't worth spending too much time on, since we can edit these features later.

This particular line was made from a circle shape, converted to a Bezier Curve (Context Menu: Convert to > Bezier Curve or Item > Convert to > Bezier Curve), broken, then edited to the form you see here. It is important to convert to a curve for Text on Path to work.

Now, the Magic

Next, select both the curve and the text frame -- the easiest way may be to outline with the mouse using the left mouse button in Select Item mode.

Now click on Item > Attach Text to Path, and you get the result here (shown after resizing text to fill the line).

Textpath1.jpg Well, in a sense it works, but not so visually attractive.

See how some of the letters are bunched together, as in appliquées and applications? It may be a visual trick, but we want it to be legible as well.