Acorn Acorn 7

Heart Path Text

Acorn’s path text makes creating text designs simple.  This tutorial will outline how to create a vector heart, then place text around the heart.  

To start, create a new image, File ▸ New.   The dimensions used here are 1200 x 1200 pixels with a white background.  Select the Bézier pen tool.  Be sure to read and watch the video tutorials on how to use this tool:  Bezier Curves,  Bézier Basics Part 1  (video tutorial), Bézier Basics Part 2 (video tutorial).  You can download the heart shape used in this tutorial here.

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Once you have your heart shape looking good, go to Edit ▸ Copy, then Layer ▸ New Layer with Selection.  You should now have two layers in your layers list with a heart shape.  Hide the visibility of lower layer by clicking on the visibility icon.  Click on your uppermost layer in the layers list to select it.

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Click and hold on the text tool and a drop down menu will appear.  Choose path text.  Click on your shape where you want the path text to start and write out your text.

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If you want the heart shape to appear in the middle of your text, click on the visibility icon of the lower heart layer.  

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To make the heart shape smaller, click on the heart with the move tool to select it.  Hold down the shift key while dragging inwards on a corner boundary.  By holding down shift, you can maintain the aspect ratio.  Use the move tool to recenter the shape within your text.

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And you’re done!

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See Also:  Path Text, Path Text on Text, Path Text Basics (video tutorial)