Dye Sublimation CorelDRAW Tips: Vertical Text

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by J. Stephen Spence   Ever need to create vertical text in a CorelDRAW project? Can’t find a font for that? Actually, there are some but don’t bother looking, it isn’t worth the trouble. You can make your own vertical text using any font in just seconds.   Of course, I should say that not all fonts should be used for vertical text. Some are just terrible to read and do nothing but show a lack of understanding about fonts and we sure don’t want that. So listen up to a few rules about vertical text: 1. Use upper case letters. For some reason, the eye can follow caps much easier than upper/lower text when used in a vertical format. 2. Avoid fancy fonts and italics. Although some specialty fonts do alright, most are just terrible. Stay with the old standards like Ariel and Times Roman. 3. Multiple “lines” of text can be done easily enough but be careful, they can be hard to read.     Customers don’t know these rules and will ask for weird stuff like all caps with Old English. They don’t know it will be impossible to read. You have to educate them about such things and even then, some customers won’t be moved – in which case, the old adage is in play “the customer is always right” (even when they aren’t).     To do vertical text, just type in your first letter, then return and type in the next and so on until you have what you want.     Still doesn’t look right? You have a good eye. There is one more step that makes all the difference. Select the entire line of text and click on center text just like it was an entire paragraph – which is what Corel thinks it is. Now the letters are entered on themselves and much easier to read plus pleasing to the eye.     Click to: Check out this video on Vertical Text on CondeTV.