TEXT MANIPULATION

It may seem traitorous for me to ask this question in a Painter forum but here goes.

I'm looking for a cheap software that will allow me to create artistic text. For instance I need to be able to have text that starts large in the foreground and gradually disappears as it approached the vanishing point. Also I need to be able to have text follow whatever wild and crazy path I choose. And of course I need to simply type this text in from my keyboard, and it does what I have described.

I'm using Corel Painter 11. I'm still a newby with it, but it doesn't seem heavily dedicated to using text as an integral piece of an overall artistic creation.

Thanks in advance for whatever help anyone can provide.

3 Replies

  • GER

    For instance I need to be able to have text that starts large in the foreground and gradually disappears as it approached the vanishing point. Also I need to be able to have text follow whatever wild and crazy path I choose.

    Text approaching a vanishing point can be done with Painter by skewing with the transform tool

    Following a path is more complex, you can use Corel Draw for that. Every text can be made to follow a vector path easily. Under text follow path. You can subscribe to Corel Draw on a monthly basis so it's not costly, and you can try the trial too.

  • In reply to Ganweianiex:

    Gan...

    Thanks.

    I assume that vanishing text would work from left to right, too. I son't know what version of Corel Painter you work with, but I'll try that with version 11.
    I'm working with Windows Vista, so I'm guessing Corel Draw won't work for me, but I will try.
  • In reply to GER:

    Yup, it works from left to right too, just depends what anchor point you pick up with your mouse when you skew.

    Corel Draw is always going to be cleaner than Painter when it comes to text, since it treats text as a vector object, even after you transform it or make it follow a path. But it's not required for something like creating a vanishing point, you can just skew rasterized text and it will look fine unless you use some really low resolution image.

    A vector program is handy to know, you're going to run into problem that can't be easily solved with a raster program at some point or another. Especially for designs, accurate measurement, text. For photoshop users it's illustrator, for corel users like me it's corel draw. It's very handy to know both Painter and Corel Draw, they complement each other rather well.