A FreeBSD program that rotates text

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Wed May 27 09:35:25 UTC 2009

Polytropon wrote:

> So I miss things like:
> 	- draw first circle with line thickness of 10 px

Select the object, then go to Object: Fill and Stroke

In the stroke style tab, set the width to 10px

> 	- draw second (concentric) circle with line thickness of 10 px

Draw two circles of appropriate sizes anywhere on the page, select
both of them, then go to Object: Align and Distribute. Just
align centers horizontally and then vertically.  Voila: concentric
circles.  Hold down ctrl when drawing circles to constrain something
that's nearly circular into being an actual circle.

> 	- align text between these circles (upper, lower, each
> 	  centered to Y axis of circles); use outlined letters
> 	  for the text (shapes)

Select the /inner/ circle and the text.  Got to Text: Put on Path.
You may have to double-click the curved text and drag the handles
to get it the right way up.

Select the text, and play with the Fill and Stroke stuff -- by default
text is filled with the background colour and the edges aren't drawn
(stroked) over, but that's easy to change.

> 	- put a picture into the middle and cut it off where it
> 	  hits the inner circle.

Set the inner circle fill to transparent.  Make a group of the circles
and text, then drop it over your image.

> 	- take some "bucket fill" and fill the "circle ring" blue,
> 	  the inner of the text keeps white, while the letters'
> 	  outline is black, and put some color into the figure in
> 	  the middle (flood fill method).

Bucket fill should work for the arbitrary areas, although use the Fill
and Stroke dialogue for the lettering.



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