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Vector Text and Rastor Warp - Corel Paint Shop Pro 7 Tutorial

Vikki Olds

Creating text as vector allows us to create a lot of different effects that are not generally possible with raster text. Vector text, as with vector images, stretch and resize without the image quality loss associated with raster text and images.

1 The first step is to create a blank image. I created my blank image 590 pixels x 150 pixels.

 

2 Select the text tool and the Text Entry dialog will appear. Make sure that "Create as Vector" is ticked, "Antialiased" is checked and for my purposes I wanted my text to have an outline so in the Styles selections I have a color for both Stroke and Fill.

 

3 Because I chose to create the text as vector I can size it without losing clarity and smoothness. In other words the text doesn't get blurry or jaggy from resizing as it would if it were created as raster text. Using the handles I stretched the height.

4 Before we can apply any effects to the text we have to convert it from vector to raster. From the Layers menu you will find the conversion option. Layers>Convert to Raster Layer.

 

5 Now let's add some dimension to it by using the Warp tool. You will find the Warp tool under Effects>Geometric Effects>Warp. It is at the bottom of the Geometric Effects menu. The settings I used for Size and Strength are 90 and 40 respectively. I also found with the text I was using that "EYE" did not show up centered and I wanted that to be the biggest section of the image so I set the Center offset to Horizontal: 10.

You can get a reverse effect so that the text in the middle is smaller giving the effect of the text being punched back instead of forward by setting the Settings:Strength to a negative number.

6 Now we need a new layer to place our eye brush on. Using the layers palette and on the top of that palette, click the leftmost icon to create a new layer.

7 Select the brush tool from the tools palette. Then in the Tool Options palette click on the paint brush with the black arrow next to it. Choose the eye brush.

8 With the paint brush tool, paint one eye on the new layer you created for it. It won't be the correct size so we'll need to resize the layer it is on. From the tool palette select the "Deformation" tool. You will see handles appear around the eye like below. With those you can size the eye layer correctly. Then using the "Mover" tool you can move the layer to place the eye where you want it.

9 Now we need to create the drop shadow. Although Paint Shop Pro has it's own drop shadow tool, what we need is a custom drop shadow so we'll create it manually. Create a new layer. Select the text tool and in the Text Entry dialog choose "Standard Text". We want this text to be a solid color. For demonstration purposes I have used black for the tutorial but, you'll notice in my final product the shadow is red. That is because I used red here instead of black for that image.

10 The new text shows up on top of everything else, so I've highlighted the vector text layer in the Layer Palette and dragged it below the other layers.

11 As we did with the first text, resize it so it is about the same height as the shortest text in the first text layer. Convert the vector text layer to a raster layer as we did above and apply the same Warp Effect settings to it.

12 Stretch the black text layer so that it is about the same height and width as the red text layer. Then from the Layer Palette, set the transparency to around 20.

13 Next we're going to add a little something to the eye. Create a new layer and again use black text. You can create this text as raster or do as I did and create it as vector and convert it to raster.

14 Once you have it converted to raster, open the Warp Tool as before. This time you will see I have changed the Settings and Center offset a little. This gives the text a really big warp.

15 As you can see it looks pretty messy. All I want from the Warp Tool is the circular shaped text that I have moved over the eye. Using the eraser, I erased all the text on this layer with the exception of what is over the eye.

16 Once the text I don't want has been erased, I set the transparency of this layer from the Layer Palette. The transparency is set to about 20.


Finished Product

 

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