by J. Stephen Spence
Ever need to create vertical text in a CorelDRAW project? Canâ€™t find a font for that? Actually, there are some but donâ€™t bother looking, it isnâ€™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 donâ€™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 â€œlinesâ€ of text can be done easily enough but be careful, they can be hard to read.
Customers donâ€™t know these rules and will ask for weird stuff like all caps with Old English. They donâ€™t know it will be impossible to read. You have to educate them about such things and even then, some customers wonâ€™t be moved â€“ in which case, the old adage is in play â€œthe customer is always rightâ€ (even when they arenâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 â€“ 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.