# [Q] Problem with curved text

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By MrBiggzz, Member on 8th March 2014, 01:32 AM
Hi!

I'm trying to have text that hugs the outside of a circle. Now if the text string is long it pulls away from the curve of the circle and if the string is short it curves right into the circle.

I'd like to have it just ride the outside of the circle no matter if it's 10 characters or 100.

Anybody have an idea how this is done?

8th March 2014, 10:36 PM |#2
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Hi,

What parameters are you using to define the curve?

Regards

Ok,

I've had a play and this seems to work.

Define the circle, here I have a Diameter* of 180*.

Add a text module, set the Text Alignment to Centre.

Set Curve to 175, now the magic bit is setting the Width which is Pi Ã— Diameter* = (3.14 Ã— 180*) = 565

I've learnt something today, l hope this helps.

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9th March 2014, 01:53 AM |#3
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Originally Posted by ma11en

Hi,
I've learnt something today, l hope this helps.

Regards Mark.

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It did help. Couple of questions!

1) How'd did you figure out the 'Curve' angle?

2) The shape outline just color that so it vanished? Correct?

I think I got it!
9th March 2014, 06:28 AM |#4
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Mark,

Is it possible to have the text upside down at the bottom of the circle so that reads right?

BTW you're like God for this little trick!

9th March 2014, 08:38 AM |#5
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Hi,

Good stuff.

1. Just a bit nerdy with numbers, as it was based on circles Pi came to mind (shame I'm not smart enough to do anything productive with it )

2. Yeah, I just put it there so I could see what was happening.

Play around with Rotate in 90 degree steps (you will need to adjust X and Y positions) this will move the centre point of your text to 3, 6 or 9 o'clock.

If you change the Curve to a negative number it will bend the text in the opposite direction (you will need to reduce the Width, which appears to be;

(diameter-(font size+some spacing from the circle)*Pi

Here the width is (180-(15+4))*Pi = 505.

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9th March 2014, 03:37 PM |#6
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Here the width is (180-(15+4))*Pi = 505.

This formula, where did the 15+4 come from? I'm following the rest. I would need to make another lay to do this since the text would be inside the circle. Not a problem. And I guess that circle outline is going to help as a point of reference.

Interesting!

What could be interesting is if Zooper every animated something like this. But .. I'm sure that would go against being battery efficient.

9th March 2014, 04:23 PM |#7
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Hi,

15 is the font size and 4 is approx the space between the text and the circle.

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9th March 2014, 04:32 PM |#8
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Originally Posted by ma11en

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15 is the font size and 4 is approx the space between the text and the circle.

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Got it!

Thanks for all this! + I hope it helps someone else trying to do something similar!
9th March 2014, 04:42 PM |#9
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No worries.

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10th March 2014, 10:03 PM |#10
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Mark,

If I could bother you one last time?

Is there an easy way to absolute center elements on the grid? That would make lining these circles so much more easy!

Thanks again!

- Dave

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10th March 2014, 10:10 PM |#11
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Hi,

Unfortunately it appears that circles are anchored on the point that they are drawn, imagine the place where you would put a pencil to draw one by hand.

I agree it would be easier if the anchor point was the centre the circle.

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