Apply the following vector effects to text objects: Envelope, Extrude, Rotate, Freeform rotate and skew, Flip, Shadow, and Path editing.
Use effects to add dimension to text objects and create striking designs. This section describes briefly how to apply each of these effects. (See Vector Effects.)
Depending on the number and kind of effects you apply to text, you might not be able to edit the text afterwards; e.g., you can edit text after rotating and skewing, but if you also extrude the text, Canvas X Draw converts the text to vector objects. In addition, depending on the speed of your system, editing rotated and skewed text might be slow. Therefore, you might want to finish all text editing, formatting, and layout before applying effects.
In Canvas X Draw, you can place a text object in freeform mode and then drag any of the hollow selection handles of the bounding box to rotate and skew text. Choose Effects | Rotate Right/Left | Other to perform exact rotations.
Select a text object. Choose Effects | Freeform. Drag a circular selection handle to rotate the text object, or a square handle to skew the text.
This design consists of rotated (black) and skewed (color) type. Each word was divided into two text objects, which were arranged to create the effect.
Select the text objects. Depending on the direction you want to flip text, choose Effects | Flip | Horizontal, Vertical, or Both Axes. Canvas X Draw implements the setting immediately.
In Canvas X Draw, when you apply a shadow to text, the shadow is a separate object that you can color, edit, and apply effects to independently of the original text object. By applying the right combination of effects, you can achieve oblique shadows and other lighting effects.
Since Canvas X Draw creates a separate object for the shadow, changes to the original text object do not change the shadow. Finalize text before applying shadows to ensure that the text is the same for both objects.
Combine Canvas X effects to create different types of shadows.
Use the Envelope effect to warp and distort type to create new character forms and stretch text like rubber. When you apply this effect to a text object, you can drag selection handles to reshape text. Depending on the type of envelope, text stretches in different ways. Using this effect, add perspective to text or simulate stretching type around a 3-D object. (See Enveloping Objects for more information about the Envelope effect.)
You cannot edit text after applying an envelope effect. However, you can apply an extrusion to an enveloped object.
Extrude text and add lighting effects to make text appear three-dimensional. As with vector objects, you can rotate and scale extruded text to change the apparent depth, size, and orientation. For text, you can only use the Parallel option in the Extrude palette.
You cannot edit text after applying an envelope effect.
Canvas X Draw removes stroke and fill attributes before extruding text because they can interfere with the three-dimensional effect. Add color to extruded objects by choosing a fill ink from the Presets palette and a color for the light source in the Extrude palette. (See Extruding Objects for more information about the Extrude effect.)
Extruded text with lighting effects
Canvas X Draw can create path outlines of characters so you can edit the shape of each character. Once you convert text to paths, Canvas X Draw treats the paths as objects. You cannot edit the objects as text, (change font type, type size, or run spell check, etc.).
Select the Path Text tool.
In the document window, the pointer is an arrow. The arrow changes to an I-beam when you point to a vector object path.
As you type text on a path, if you reach the end, you can flow text to another path. Click the overset symbol at the end of the text object. Then, click the next vector path at the point where you want the overset text to start flowing. Continue typing to enter additional text.
If you don’t want to flow overset bound text, resize the path so that all the bound text can flow along it. If no text is overset, the overset symbol does not appear at the end of the text object.
See the section about adjusting bound text, starting with Binding Text to Vector Objects, for information on changing the text baseline, flipping the text, and adjusting the spacing between the text and the path.