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PrintingPress Extreme allows you to bend text in a text box into fifteen shapes illustrated below. You can use the controls in the Paragraph palette to adjust the shape of your text box, or you can double-click on the edge of the text box and change the settings.

Align Left Align Center Align Right Justify Stretch Justify Point Justify Alternate Font Align Top Align Middle Align Bottom Justify Vertically Stretch Justify Space After Paragraph Indent Text Left Space Before Paragraph Indent Text Right Resize Text to Fit Text Box Make White Background Transparent Wrap Text Text Shape Curve Height Curve Frequency Columns Column Separators

When you select a new shape from the menu, it sets the default values for the shape. The shapes also default to justified alignment, which works best for most shapes. You can change the text alignment for different results. Below are examples of the same text in each text shape:

 

Line
Normal text without any curve

Line

 

Vertical Line
Text is drawn in a vertical line. This example uses five lines of text and is left aligned. If it were justified, all the lines would be of equal length. Because the text is rotated, left alignment actually aligns everything to the top.

Vertical Line

 

Bend Up
Text is drawn in an upward arc

Bend Up

 

Bend Down
Text is drawn in a downward arc.

Bend Down

 

Wave
Text is drawn in a wave with the curve bending first up, then down.

Wave

 

Inverted Wave
Text is drawn in a wave with the curve bending first down, then up.

Inverted Wave

 

Double Bend
Text is drawn in both an upward and downward arc. If there is an odd number of lines of text, the middle line is drawn in a straight line between the two arcs. This example uses two lines of text.

Double Bend

 

Circle
Text is drawn around a circle.

Circle

 

Semicircle
Text is drawn in a semicircle. The first line is on the outside of the semicircle and the next line is inside the first. This example uses two lines of text.

Semicircle

 

Inverted Semicircle
Text is drawn in an inverted semicircle. The first line of text is on the outside of the semicircle and the next line is inside the first. This example uses two lines of text.

Inverted Semicircle

 

Double Semicircle
Text is drawn in both a semicircle and inverted semicircle. The first line of text is in the top semicircle and the next line is in the bottom semicircle. This example uses two lines of text.

Double Semicircle

 

Arc
Text is drawn in an arc, or a partial curve around a circle. You can control the diameter of the circle to make the arc shallower or steeper. The example below uses two lines of text and has the Circle Diameter set to 3.74.

Arc

 

Inverted Arc
Text is drawn in an inverted arc. You can control the diameter of the circle to make the arc shallower or steeper. The example below uses two lines of text and has the Circle Diameter set to 3.74.

Inverted Arc

 

Double Arc
Text is drawn in an arc and an inverted arc. You can control the diameter of the circle to make the arc shallower or steeper. The example below uses two lines of text and has the Circle Diameter set to 4.58. We used the drag handles on the text box to make the text box shorter to bring the two arcs closer together.

Double Arc

 

Quarter Circle
Text is drawn in the upper-left quarter of a circle so that the text is bending up and to the right. The first line of text draws outside the quarter circle and the next line is drawn inside the quarter circle. This example uses two lines of text.

Quarter Circle

 

Inverted Quarter Circle
Text is drawn in the lower-right quarter of a circle so that the text is bending up and to the right. The first line of text draws outside the quarter circle and the next line is drawn inside the quarter circle. This example uses two lines of text.

Inverted Quarter Circle

 

Spiral
Text is drawn in a clockwise spiral. This example uses one line of text. The alignment was set to left and the text was resized smaller to increase the revolutions of the spiral.

Spiral

 

Reverse Spiral
Text is drawn in a counter-clockwise spiral. This example uses one line of text. The alignment was set to left and the text was resized smaller to increase the revolutions of the spiral.

Reverse Spiral

 

Random Jitter
Text is drawn with random vertical placement of the letters. This example uses one line of text.

Random Jitter

 

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