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Wish List / Text to arch , text to path , text to circle ?

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First off I think paint.net is a great program. I have been using it for about 4 weeks now, making (trying) to make grill badges for my mini cooper. I really find the program user friendly and want to thank the modrerators, plugin developers and the forum community for their help and plugins.

I think for myself the only thing I wish for or was easier and had better results would be Text to a path or arch or circle plug-in. I have done searches read all the threads with rectangular to polar converisons , tube oblique , sine wave plugins , manually moving each individual letter. Tried them all with limited success.

Can any of the talented plug-in developers come up with a text to arch plug-in ?

If not is it because paint.net's coding is more difficult to manipulate than other software programs that have such a feature ?


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The quickest and easiest alternative is to use Inkscape.

Simply draw a path, be it anything. Write text. Select both text and path and use Text -> Set to path?. Select path and remove color. There you have it, curved text in a million ways. Just export a .png and import it in Paint.NET. You can even make the background transparent so when you export/import it you get only the text on the layer.

Like so, took only seconds to do those, and the line can be hidden by removing its color



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Ash , thank you for the response. I have looked at all those threads you provided.

If you look at my attachment you can see I already have used those ideas to make my badge.

Like you stated it takes more time.

Would it not be nice to have a plug-in that could accomplish this easily.

By looking at all those threads seems this is a request that is asked for allot .

I for one have no experience in coding so I have no idea how difficult it would be to create a plugin that could directly create type around a circle or ellipse or path. For all I know it is impossible to do with paint.net.

Just thought it would be nice addition to have included in such a great program.

Cheers and keep up the great work. Your time and effort is appreciated.

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