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As part of the logo, I would like to be able to bend some type (in a half oval) saying:
Swimming Rowing Sailing Scuba Diving ... but don't have a clue how one does this. I have very limited graphics programmes on my imac. Am I dreaming? Do you need special programmes for this sort of thing?
More interestingly, you can also do some pretty cool effects (for IE users only so far) with the MS extensions to CSS (Filters). Of course, that stuff only reaches the IE users at the moment, so the graphics option is the more widely supported by far. Just don't forget to also use the ALT attribute on the IMG tags.
Before 6.0, I think you needed to rasterize the type and then manipulate the raster image (curves were hard to do!) I used to use a clunky old Adobe program called TypeAlign and then import the image into PhotoShop.
In 5.5, first rasterize your type layer. In 5.5 I think it's:
Layer > Type > Rasterize
Filters > Distort. Especially experiment with "Polar Coordinates" to get various curves.
PS -- Yes, Xara bends type pretty smoothly, as I recall. Don't have it installed currently.
I can't remember the exact spot for this command. But somewhere there's a standard option that turns a type layer into a rasterized layer of pixels. Until it's rasterized, the layer is only contains the mathematical curves defined by the font. That is, you can change the spelling, the font, etc., but you can't run filters or edit functions.
Rasterizing comes in very handy because then you can stretch and distort the type, or copy the layer and blur one copy for a shadow, or fill the letters with a gradient -- all kinds of things.
Some of the nicest, simplest graphics tips for all the popular programs are at the WebReference site, including text on a path. Check out ]Wendy Peck [webreference.com]. Her stuff is all practical and useful.
Also, I often capture images from PDF's that way as well. I have one client who never saved original art and in many cases they can only hand off protected PDF's.