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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:24 am  (#11) 
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My twopenny-worth:

I was recently mulling over adapting my script to use all fonts and not just my own joined-up fonts - although this seems to go against the original reason writing the script in the first place.

I am interested in hearing Dinasset's purpose behind using a script such as the one he has in mind. Is it to use the repeating text as a decorative device? Or is it to provide a background effect for one of his many other filters? As others have pointed out, the abrupt changes in paths around most objects lead to severe deformations - stretching and compressing the paths. Any compensating filters would have a serious amount of work to do to avoid unpleasant looking side-effects.

My attempts at keeping the integrity of the letter shapes led me down the route of creating a layer for each separate letter and then (optionally) merging the layers together.

Here are some of the results using Gimp 2.9.7 - Partha's portable version - with a long text string around an oak leaf.

First image: Gimp's own Path to Text with my Italic Variations font at 60pt. You can clearly see the deformations.

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Second image: My script with default settings at the same size. Letter shapes show less deformations and the text finishes at the end of the path - but not a satisfactory outcome.

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Third image: With the smallest amount of extra space between individual letters. Better or worse - I can't tell!

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Conclusion: Same as everybody else - a lot of manual work/tweaking involved in creating a pleasant effect it seems.

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:15 am  (#12) 
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As written in the initial request, the idea is to use "text along path" not only for paths with very limited length but also for long or very long paths by "repeating" the input string.
Initially I was thinking about the contour of an object but after Ofnuts' comment on the bad results which can come out from non smoothed transitions (you confirm), I'm now more of the idea of using created paths around or inside the object.

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:27 pm  (#13) 
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The one thing that has always gotten me was when one stubborn letter, usually in the middle of a sentence, would face the opposite direction.

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:55 am  (#14) 
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OK, got something working, just have to do some more testing and write the doc before publishing.

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:33 am  (#15) 
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Wonderful, thanks a lot Ofnuts !

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:23 pm  (#16) 
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Playing with my next version - to see if repeat along path will work.
Seems to be do-able - in some form at least.

"Hello " entered into the text box and set to auto-repeat.

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:48 pm  (#17) 
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The devils is in the details.. how to deal with the kerning when you splice the character string to itself, for instance.

I also uncovered a Gimp shortcoming that was already at play in the older version, but is more visible in the newer version where the likeliness of small characters is higher. Fixed now, but I took me several hours to figure out.

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:26 am  (#18) 
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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:34 am  (#19) 
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Fantastic, Ofnuts.
Thanks a lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Text along path
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:57 am  (#20) 
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First quick and simple example of use.
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