?1- Text to path: Quite simply this has never worked, followed several tutorials step for step and no matter what I do, text will simply not go to a path, pattern or any other such thing.
For this Iâ€™ll assume you want to put text on a path
. What I didnâ€™t mention in my previous post is donâ€™t convert your text, which is considered an object in Inkscape, to a path in this or the previous post. Text must stay as text. If youâ€™re not sure if you are working with an object, text, or a path, keep an eye on the status bar: image 001 below.
I also drew a horizontal line with the pen (bezier) tool, image 002, but you can use an ellipse too.
Using the node tool I grabbed the middle of the pen tool path to make an arc. 003.
Select both the text and line and click--> Text --> Put on Path, 004.
Select the line path and in the Fill and Stroke dialog --> Stroke, set the stroke paint to No Paint, 005 to make the line invisible.
Pull a guide line down from the top ruler, double click on your text to step into the text to edit it and using the arrow keys you can move the text cursor in front of the â€œSâ€ to level the text, 006.
Use the Alt and left, right arrow keys to kern the text, 007.
2- I'm drawing a blank on the terminology here but, popular web 2.0 glossy effect for buttons or on text has never worked as I have seen in say, Heathenx's videos. Example, I create a button and then use the bezier tool to create a shiny/gloss layer on top, when I want to exclude the section of that gloss layer that lies outside the rest of the button or text, nothing happens, I have tried difference, intersection and nothing simply excludes and deletes the unwanted excess.
Instead of duplicating an already fine tutorial, check out Richardâ€™s screencast:http://screencasters.heathenx.org/episode-017/
But pay particular attention that when heâ€™s making the glossy effect that he duplicates the original object first. Creates the pen tool (bezier) outline and selects the pen tool outline and shift clicks the duplicated object so both are selected and does a --> Path --> Intersection. Also make sure you close the pen tool outline by setting the last node on top of the first node. Youâ€™ll know youâ€™re on top of the first node when that node turns red. The shape will be filled with color with the last click.
If you have any questions, donâ€™t hesitate to ask.
Cheers ~ Ed