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I'm trying to squeeze a text into a shape so that after removing the shape the text gives the impression of the shape. In the above example MYTEXT should go into the elipse.

How can i do this with inkscape ?

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  • Save your work. Experiment first :-)
  • Path Menu > Object to path - Convert the text to a path
  • Path Menu > Path Effect Editor - Shows path effect editor at right
  • Choose Envelope Deformation from drop down
  • Click the Add button
  • Select the Top bend path option (edit on canvas button - the left of the four btns on each row)
  • Shift-drag out the tangents from the left and right node
  • Repeat for the bottom bend
  • For the left and right bends - optionally just move the upper and lower nodes closer together to pinch the left and right tips, but enure they stay vertically aligned

TIP - if you don't want the text to go right into the tips of the corners, add a '+' to the beginning and the end of the text and then when you're done, paint these characters white or transparent. This is because when you convert text to a path, it will ignore any leading or terminating spaces because they're not part of the 'path'

EDIT - additional example enter image description here enter image description here

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Ok, i can make it this way. Thank you. But for me it is a little bit too much free-handy and it does'nt shows up "perfect", too much deformation than "resize" of the letters ... –  PeterMmm Jul 18 '11 at 12:32
    
It would be perfect if the letter strokes would be bend outside and not inside, getting an amplifier effect ... –  PeterMmm Jul 18 '11 at 12:37
    
You can sort of get closer to that by making the points on the top edge closer to each other and the same with the bottom edge, so that you squeeze the top and the bottom while keeping the middle constant. - I added an example image above –  Roger Attrill Jul 18 '11 at 16:35
    
Thank you. But it is all too much deformation. I'm looking more a "DuPont" style ( autoevolution.com/images/news/… ) –  PeterMmm Jul 18 '11 at 17:50
    
Maybe this video will help: screencasters.heathenx.org/wp-content/videos/ep060/ep060.html –  Roger Attrill Jul 18 '11 at 19:15

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