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Scribus => Text and Typography => Topic started by: Donny Bahama on June 27, 2015, 10:31:06 pm

Title: Fit text to a shape?
Post by: Donny Bahama on June 27, 2015, 10:31:06 pm
I'd like to create a text frame in a freeform shape (for example, a football or a hot air balloon) and have the text inside conform to that shape. Is this possible? I tried creating a text frame, then converting it to a polygon, then adding nodes and dragging them to create the shape I wanted. That did create the shape, but my text didn't conform to its boundaries. I tried converting it back to a text frame, but doing so crashed Scribus. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Fit text to a shape?
Post by: a.l.e on June 28, 2015, 09:02:59 am
hi donny

as far i can tell, you're doing the right thing...

you can efit the shape of a text frame without converting it first to a shape...

and, as far as i know, converting back and forth should work...

so: what you want to do does work in scribus!
Title: Re: Fit text to a shape?
Post by: a.l.e on June 28, 2015, 09:05:48 am
ah, and for your specific case, i would go to http://openclipart.org get the shape you're looking for in svg, open and simplify it in inkscape (if needed), finally import it in scribus and convert it to a text frame...
Title: Re: Fit text to a shape?
Post by: Donny Bahama on June 28, 2015, 08:40:56 pm
Thank you for the response, a.l.e.! The shape I'll actually be using is fairly unique, so I don't think the openclipart route will work for me, but how can I edit the shape of a text frame? I don't seem to be able to bring up the add/edit nodes dialog for a text frame.
Title: Re: Fit text to a shape?
Post by: Donny Bahama on June 29, 2015, 02:52:59 am
I tried again, converting the text frame to a polygon, adding/editing nodes until I got the shape I wanted, then converting back to a text frame. It worked, BUT... In case anyone else struggles with this and happens upon this thread... Once you've converted back to a text frame and you double-click within it, the cursor may appear outside the shape initially - but once you start typing, your text should be inside the shape.
Title: Re: Fit text to a shape?
Post by: a.l.e on June 29, 2015, 09:06:44 am
correct: for the shapes you can double click on the border!

for text and image frames (and other types of items) you have to open the (windows > ) properties palette (F2), go to the "shape" and click on the "Edit" button.

have fun!