Creating Dramatic Text in Corel Photo-Paint
- by David Mutch, August 2002

This is possibly the easiest of all the tutorials I have ever written. It produces really great looking text AND it can be done in any version of Photo-Paint (at least as far as I can remember anyhow).

Although this effect can be applied to text of almost any font, it works best (as designed here) using tall, elegant, medium thickness, condensed, sans serif fonts.

However, eEven if you can’t find a suitable condensed font, it is very easy to transform any font to suit the task.


Fig 1.

1. Create a new image.
24-Bit RGB, 100% Black, 500x300 pixels, 300dpi.

2. Create some white text.
Change the Paint colour to white, then select the Text Tool .

Choose a font from the Property bar and change the font size to about 28 points Then create your text. In the example shown I used a font called Casandra.

Centre the text to the image using Object > Arrange > Align and Distribute, then Center to Document.

(Fig 1).


Fig 2.

3. Stretch the text vertically.
Select the Object Picker Tool and make sure that the mode is Scale/Size mode (square handles). To quickly switch between transform modes, click repeatedly on the object to change the handles.

Hold down the SHIFT key and drag the top-centre node upwards until it the text covers about 2/3 of the vertical space of the image.

The actual amount of vertical scale will depend on the initial font and point size you used.

Double-click on the text object to APPLY the size transformation (or right-click and choose Apply).

(Fig 2).



4. Duplicate the text object and offset it slightly.
Select the text object with the Object Picker Tool then duplicate it (CTRL+D).

If not open already, open your Objects Docker to see the two objects.
Select the topmost text object, and using the keyboard arrow keys, shift it one or two pixels up and to the left (one press = 1 pixel).


Fig 3.

5. Set up a linear Fountain Fill.
Double-click the FILL swatch on the Status bar
to open the Select Fill dialogue box,
choose the Fountain Fill swatch
(second icon from the left) then click the EDIT button to display the Fountain Fill dialogue box.

Choose these settings:
Type = Linear,
Color Blend = 2 color
From = 100% black
To = 20 % black
Angle = 90.0

(Fig 3)


6. Lock the Object’s Transparency
Click the Lock Transparency icon on either the Object Docker or the Mask/Objects Toolbar.

This prevents any fill from ‘spilling’ out past the object’s boundary.


Fig 4.

7. Fill the upper text object with the fountain fill.
Ensure the topmost text object is selected, then use Edit > Fill, to fill the uppertext object with our Fountain Fill.

Just ensure that the Current Fill radio button is selected (it is by defalt) in the Edit Fill and Transparency dialogue box when you fill.

(Fig 4)


Fig 5.

8. Reverse the direction of the Fountain Fill.
Double-click the Fill swatch on the Status bar and edit the Fountain fill type.

In the Fountain Fill dialogue box, change the Angle to -90.

An easy way to do this is to click in the angle spinner box and just add a ‘minus’ sign in front of the number.

(Fig 5).



9. Fill the lower text object with the reverse fill.
Select the lower text object in the object Docker, then repeat the Edit > Fill command to fill this object with the reverse fountain fill.

That’s it!

(Fig 6 - below).

Fig 6.



1. The two text objects can be grouped or combined and copied into another image.

2. Add an extra layer between the text and the background, set up some soft, feathered masks and fill with a bright texture. Add some Lens Flares (from KPT6)

Fig 7.


3. Fonts.

You can get heaps of free and interesting fonts off the web. Visit or for a nice choice. Some of the other fonts which I found were good to use for this effect were: (** = elegant)

Americana Dreams Condensed,
Amsterdam Tangram
Arcitectura Lefty
Belmar CondensedLight-Normal
Black Adder II Lefty
Black Adder II
Bodoni BdCn BT
Cassandra **
   Covington SC Cond
Diner Fatt **
Discount Inferno
East Side Bold
Empire BT **
Fountainpen **
and many more.

4. More Examples:

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