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Can only get 2D text using Microsoft Word Art, Text Effects

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by enzo, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. enzo

    enzo New Member

    I hope this forum isn’t just for pros, because I’m definitely an amateur, but I hope you can help :)

    I’m using a combination of Microsoft Paint, Pixlr and Microsoft Word /Word Art, to produce a logo. I have an issue with the ‘Text Effects’ in Word Art. It’s giving me a 2D effect, when my logo is more suited to a plain old 1D effect.

    I won’t give a company name, but it’s two six letter words. Just for demonstration I’m using orange and carrot. This is what it looks like after going through Word > Word Art > Text Effects:


    When I say 2D, I mean it looks like the bow of a ship coming towards you. These words end up in a hexagon border, which is 1D, and makes it look even worse. I can’t find anything in Word Art to make it 1D. Pixlr and M/S Paint have next to no text manipulation effects, so maybe I need to use something else? You all seem to use Adobe Illustrator, which is too expensive for me right now, but read somewhere that older versions of Illustrator are available to download for free from Adobe?
  2. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    inkscape is a free 'illustrator' alternative.

    I'm not quite sure what it is exactly you're after, the effect you're showing is based on a cube in perspective view so would have the hexagon shape to it. Also side note a flat image is 2D, 1D doesn't really exist outside of physics.

    Can you maybe give us a sketch of what you're trying to achieve?
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  3. enzo

    enzo New Member

    I’ll give Inkscape a look. Thanks Levi.

    Yeah it looks like it’s a cube, but I want it flat, just like any other text. Each word only distorted into a chevron formation. I should add that that’s how I made it: one word at a time made into a chevron, ORANGE pointing upwards, CARROT pointing downwards, then I brought the 2 words together to form the hexagon. I want the words flat, but just stretched into their respective chevron shapes. No cube effect, if that makes sense.
  4. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Not 100% sure I'm getting it but try this... although word is not really the tool for the job. I'm using 2010
    2 lines of text highlight both and select word art, text effects, transform, and use warp 'stop' (that's the second one top row under warp heading)and it should give the gap in the middle you're after, the next two after do different variations of the same idea but with flat top/bottom text.
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  5. enzo

    enzo New Member

    Found this. See how HUNTER achieves it's shape without changing perspective


    Thanks. I'll try this when I get home. 30 mins...
  6. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Deflate bottom will do similar to the top 'hunter' text but it's based off a curve rather than triangle. Closest you'll do in word really.
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  7. enzo

    enzo New Member

    Levi, I appreciate your efforts. I think you’ve surmised Word Art is a dead end, in my quest for flat text. However, I will explain exactly how I put that logo together, because my method differed quite a bit from yours, for what it’s worth…

    Microsoft Word (I have 2016 at home, 2010 at work) > Insert > Word Art > choose a font style

    I do ONE WORD AT A TIME, so I type in ORANGE. But I don’t like the Word Art font style options. So having chosen one of their styles, I then go back to the Word Home tab. In the top right of the Font section you’ll find ‘Clear All Formatting’. I then use ‘Arial Black’ font, and adjust the size.

    Then back to the Format tab > Text Effects > Transform > ‘Triangle Up’ (3rd option in Word 2016). I then stretch the word further upwards, because I’m aiming to make a perfect hexagon with the lower word. I make a note of the height size (top right hand corner), so I know how much to stretch the second word, CARROT, the same amount.

    I then repeat the procedure with CARROT, but this time using the ‘Triangle Down’ (4th option in Word 2016) and stretching it the same amount as ORANGE. Then move them together to form the hexagon. That’s how I did it, if that makes any odds.

    I’ll be taking a look at Inkscape on Monday.

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