How to squeeze text into a shape


I'm trying to squeeze a text into a shape so that after removing the shape the text gives the impression of the shape. In the above example MYTEXT should go into the elipse.

How can i do this with inkscape ?

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7/18/2011 11:30:00 AM

Accepted Answer

  • Save your work. Experiment first :-)
  • Path Menu > Object to path - Convert the text to a path
  • Path Menu > Path Effect Editor - Shows path effect editor at right
  • Choose Envelope Deformation from drop down
  • Click the Add button
  • Select the Top bend path option (edit on canvas button - the left of the four btns on each row)
  • Shift-drag out the tangents from the left and right node
  • Repeat for the bottom bend
  • For the left and right bends - optionally just move the upper and lower nodes closer together to pinch the left and right tips, but enure they stay vertically aligned

TIP - if you don't want the text to go right into the tips of the corners, add a '+' to the beginning and the end of the text and then when you're done, paint these characters white or transparent. This is because when you convert text to a path, it will ignore any leading or terminating spaces because they're not part of the 'path'

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7/18/2011 4:33:00 PM