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Hello All, I have a question that I feel has a complicated answer but I find myself hoping that someone has an easy solution! I want to bend some text. More specifically, I'd like to bend it around something in a three dimensional way. Or, at least, make it look 3d. What I'd like to end up with is some text on a balloon that is a bit stretched out, because the balloon has been n up after all, and I'd also like the text to look like it wraps around the edges. I've tried to flatten a text layer ...

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    Hello All,

    I have a question that I feel has a complicated answer but I find myself hoping that someone has an easy solution!

    I want to bend some text. More specifically, I'd like to bend it around something in a three dimensional way. Or, at least, make it look 3d. What I'd like to end up with is some text on a balloon that is a bit stretched out, because the balloon has been n up after all, and I'd also like the text to look like it wraps around the edges.

    I've tried to flatten a text layer with a vector layer (a circle) and then tried to apply a bevel to it, but it looks like the bevel is only affecting the vector shape, not the text. I'm sure it is affecting both, it just doesn't LOOK like it is.

    Any ideas or plug-ins? Please don't tell me that I'm going to have to break the text into vectors and then reshape it! Of course, be honest with me and tell me if that is the only way. :)

    Thanks.

    Jake Lyman.


    Jake Guest

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    "Jake Lyman" com wrote:
     

    Well, do you want me to tell you that's the only way or not? :-) Instead
    of converting the text to paths and reshaping it, you could type one
    character at a time and use the skew and distort tools.

    Best would be to do it in Freehand with a envelope.

    Linda Rathgeber
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    Thanks, Linda!

    Your suggestions were excelent. Both for fireworks and for freehand. Never really opened up Freehand before. A little bit of searching and some trial and error, and it did what I'm sure you knew it would. Thanks so much!

    Jake Lyman



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