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Playing with Vector Text
Created by: Doro Sensen

With the text and vector features of Paint Shop Pro, you can change the look of every font and get very nice (sometimes a bit "spooky") effects! Let's play around a bit with text! ;-))
Open a new image:
– Width = 350
– Height = 200
– Background = white
– Image type = 16.7 Million Colors
Click on the Text tool in your tool palette, and then somewhere into the center of your picture. Choose a nice bold font; I had:
– Name = Arial Black, Size = 48
– Styles: Stroke = None, Fill = Solid color: black
– Textures: Stroke = None, Fill = None
– Enter Text Here = PSPUG, centered
– Create as: Vector = selected, Antialias = checked
There's your text as a vector object, waiting for you to play around with. First drag it into the right position with the center handle.
Now click on your Vector Object tool. This won't change the look of your picture, but makes a huge difference as to what you can do with it! ;-))

Right-click on your text, and choose Convert Text to Curves || As Character Shape from the context menu. Your image still looks the same. Deselect by clicking somewhere into your image in the space around the text. And now comes the fun part!

Click on one of the letters to select it. First you can now deform the letters as you can do with the deformation tool on a raster layer, by dragging the handles: you can resize and rotate the letters, skew or shear them by pressing the Shift key, change the perspective by pressing the Ctrl key, and distort them by pressing Ctrl+Shift.
But now to a great vector feature: the node editing! Select one of the letters, right-click and choose Node Edit from the context menu.

Your mouse cursor has turned into a black arrow, and the letter you selected looks very different now! The little transparent squares are the nodes that can be "edited" – just click on a node (it will turn black) and drag it where you want it to be!

(By the way, if you switch windows during node editing, you'll have to choose Node Edit from the context menu again.)

For adding new nodes, hold the Ctrl key and click where you want the new node to be (there will be a "+ ADD" next to your mouse cursor when you do that).
  When you've finished node editing your letter, right-click on it and choose Quit Node Editing from the context menu (or press Ctrl+Q).

Maybe you'll switch between node-editing and vector-editing mode now and then to see how the letter actually looks like.

When your text looks strange enough ;-)), there's another vector feature that's great for editing text: Select a letter, right-click on it and choose Properties from the context menu:
– Name = (the selected letter)
– Styles = Stroke = Solid Color: black, Fill = Solid Color of your choice (I had a red, orange, yellow, green and blue for the five letters)
– Textures: Stroke = None, Fill = None
– Stroke Width = 2
– Line Style = Default line
    That's it for vector-editing your text. If you also want to apply some of the great image effects of PSP, you have to convert your vector layer (that now has the little sign on the left before its name in the layer palette) to a raster layer first: right-click on it in the layer palette and choose Convert to Raster Layer from the context menu (the sign for the layer will change to the one on the right). Now you can apply any filters and effects you want!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I could show you some possibilities for playing around with text in PSP.
Happy "texting"! :-))