Depending on how you want to bind text, you can choose Effects | Bind Text or the Path Text tool. The Bind Text command lets you bind existing text to an object, and the Path Text tool lets you type new text directly on the path of a selected object.
Canvas X Draw lets you bind multiple text objects to one vector object, but a text object can bind to only one vector object at a time. Also, you can bind only one text object to a vector object using the Path Text tool. To bind additional text objects to the same vector object after using the Path Text tool, you must create a separate text object and choose Effects | Bind Text.
Whether you use the Bind Text command or Path Text tool, the location where you click the pointer determines the alignment position.
This text is center-justified. The I-beam pointer (which appears after choosing the Bind Text command or the Path Text tool) determines where text binds. In the example, the pointer is clicked in the upper-right quadrant of the oval. The inset shows the bound text, centered around the point where the pointer was clicked.
For open-ended objects, such as arcs, bound text initially flows in the direction the object was drawn. In this example, the arrows indicate the direction the arcs were drawn. Text objects bound to these arcs follow the direction of the arcs.
Select the Path Text tool.
When the pointer is on the edge of an object, the pointer becomes a crosshair.
Once you bind text, you can change its starting position, alignment, baseline position, and flow direction. In addition, you can edit the shape and location of the vector object to which text is bound, and Canvas X Draw will fit the text to the new path.
You can also edit bound text by selecting the Path Text tool and clicking the text object, or by double-clicking a bound text object with a Selection tool. However, text editing might be difficult and slow while the text is bound to an object; you might want to remove the text bind, make changes, and re-bind the text.
Bound text and its binding object move together, just like grouped objects. However, unlike grouped objects, you can select and change attributes (such as stroke and ink) individually for the text and the object.
Reverse Flow handle
Click to switch the vertical orientation of type relative to the object path and reverse the flow direction.
Drag to specify the point where you want type to align. For example, center-justified text will center around the location of this handle.
Canvas X Draw spreads full-justified text along the entire path or object starting at the location of the handle.
Text is centered around the alignment handle
Baseline Shift handle
Drag to change the elevation of the baseline relative to the vector object.
Baseline Shift lets you insert space between bound type and the object.
Once you bind text to a path using the Path Text tool or Bind Text command, use the context menu to change the orientation of the text characters relative to the path, and to make the path visible or invisible. The bound text commands appear in the context menu when a bound text object is selected.
Select an object with bound text and right-click. (See Using Context-Sensitive Menus.)
Show Path/Hide Path
Choose Show Path to make the path visible. Choose Hide Path to make the path invisible.
Choose Vertical Text to keep the baseline of the text characters horizontal, rather than perpendicular to the path. This also keeps the vertical axis of each character vertical, rather than angled to follow a curved path. The Vertical Text command is available when the text is bound with the Tangent Text option.
Choose Tangent Text to keep the baseline of the text characters tangent to the path, rather than horizontal. This angles the vertical axis of each character away from vertical as needed to follow the path. By default, Canvas X Draw uses the Tangent Text option when it first binds text to a path. The Tangent Text command is available in the context menu when the text is bound with the Vertical Text option.
Select a bound text object and choose Effects | Remove Effects. Canvas X Draw straightens the text baseline and separates it from the vector object.
Create circular logos with text on top flowing clockwise and text on the bottom flowing counterclockwise. Achieve this effect by binding two text objects to a circle and using the Bind Position handles to arrange the text.
Make a pattern, gradient, or image appear to span an entire selection, rather than begin and end within each character; e.g., instead of a gradient completing a blend pattern within each character of a word, make a gradient begin a blend in the first character and finish the blend in the last character.
In Canvas X Draw, you create these kinds of “continuous” fills using background objects and foreground text object clipping paths. The intersection of the background and foreground objects provides the appearance of a continuous fill. This method lets you use elaborate background designs, including paint objects, to fill characters. For more information, see Using Clipping Paths.
Text object in front of image object
Clipping path appears filled with image object