How to Write Along a Curve With Fireworks 8

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How to Write Along a Curve With Fireworks 8
Create text on curves, circles and ellipses in four steps using Adobe Fireworks (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Creating text along a curve can be tricky in many graphics application programs. However, Adobe Fireworks can be quite helpful in diminishing the steps and the effort needed to accomplish this. In its approach, Fireworks is quite straightforward and lets you create this in four steps. You can write along any curved line including shapes that are elliptical, circular or even wavelike. There can be many reasons to write your text along curves, such as creating logos, banners, newsletter headings or designing publications and illustrated manuals. Once created, you can resize, reposition and reformat your curved text with different colours and fonts.

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  1. 1

    Open your Adobe Fireworks application and create a new document. You can do this by choosing "New" from the "File" tab on the main menu or holding down the "Ctrl" key and pressing "N" on your keyboard. The "New Document" window will appear. Type a width of 792 and a height of 612 in the respective "Width" and "Height" text entry fields. Enter 72 in the "Resolution" text entry field and choose "White" in the "Canvas color" radio button. Click "OK." A blank work page will appear.

  2. 2

    Select the "Type tool" on the "Tools" menu or press "T" on your keyboard to activate it. If the "Tools" menu is not visible, hold down the "Ctrl" key and press "F2" on your keyboard. Type a line of text you want to appear on the curve. Choose a font of 38 and a font family of "Times New Roman."

  3. 3

    Select the "Pen tool" from the "Tools" menu. Create a curved line 400 pixels wide by using your mouse. With the "Pen tool" still selected, click once on the canvas as a start point and release the mouse button. Lengthen the line and make it a curve by dragging the mouse downward while holding down the left button. When the line and curve is at a satisfactory length, double-click the left mouse button to release the line.

  4. 4

    Select both the text you entered and the line you created by holding down the "Shift" key as you click your mouse on both. Then choose "Attach to Path" from the "Text" drop-down selection on the main menu. The text you typed will now attach itself to the curved line. Select the "Text" tool and use the space bar to adjust the spacing along the curve.

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