Stand Tall Text
tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on August 6, 2004.
It is property of and 2001-2004 to Whisper's Web Works.
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For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.

Open a new image:
600 x 300 pixels
Transparent
16.7 Million colors

I have flood filled my background for easier viewing.

Select your text tool.

Set your foreground to null and your background to solid in your choice of color, I am using #C00000.

Set your text, be sure to use create as vector.  Here are the settings I used:
Vector
Arial Black
Size 48
Stroke 0
Anti-alias checked

Select your object selection tool and grab the top center node and stretch your text upwards a bit.

Move your text over to the side of your image.

In your layer palette, right click on the vector layer and duplicate.

Right click on the top vector layer and convert to raster layer.

Lower the opacity of this layer to about 50%.

Activate the original vector layer.

Right click inside the vector bounding box chose properties.  Set the fill to black.

Grab the top center node and drag the text down about half way of the height you have the red text at.

Hold down the shift key and grab the top center node and drag it to the right side.

If you feel that it is too long grab that same node and drag it down a bit again.

Once you get it the way you like check the bottom edge and see that the letters match up.
It will not be exact because of the deforming we did but you want it close.

If you just need to move it a couple of pixels try holding down the ctrl key and tapping the arrow keys on the key board.

Before I moved it:

After I moved it:

When you have it to your liking go to your layer palette,
right click on the vector layer and convert to raster layer.

Reset the opacity of the top layer to 100.

With your shadow layer active, Adjust > Blur > Gaussian blur > 1.00 > ok.

Turn off any background layer you might have and
right click on either of the text layers, Merge > Merge visible.

Edit > Copy.

Edit Paste > Paste as a new image.

There you have it!  Your tall text is ready for use.

Page 2 for examples made by my testers.

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