123 Add 3D Text

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When you want fancier text, convert that plain two-dimensional text to three-dimensional text. You can control several aspects of the 3D conversion, and you'll quickly spruce up your headlines, signs, and banners. Once you convert text to 3D, you can modify some of the three- dimensional effects, such as the rotation of the text.

Before You Begin

118 Align Objects

119 Add Text to a Drawing


See Also

124 Convert 2D to 3D


Converting text is often simpler, but follows a similar process to the conversion of two-dimensional graphic images to three dimensions (see 124 Convert 2D to 3D ).

NOTE

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You cannot edit the characters inside text itself once you convert that text to three-dimensional text. You can edit the text's image properties, however, just as you can edit any graphic image.


  1. Type Text to Convert

    Click the Main toolbar's Text tool and type the text you want to convert to 3D. Change the size and font of the text so it's close to the size you wish to make the 3D text.

  2. Select and Request 3D

    Click to select the text. Right-click the selected text and select Convert, To 3D . Draw converts the text.

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  3. Prepare to Rotate the Text

    You can rotate the text to change the 3D appearance. To rotate the text, you must click to select the 3D text (resizing handles will appear) and then click the 3D text once again. The resizing handles turn from green squares to red circles. These are the 3D text's corner handles .

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    Corner handles ” Red circles that act as 3D resizing handles that you can drag to rotate 3D text.

  4. Rotate a Corner

    Drag one of the corner handles up or down, and the 3D text will rotate in the direction you drag your mouse. Your mouse pointer changes to a rotate symbol to indicate that the 3D text is ready for rotation.

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    Once you convert 2D text to 3D, you can apply Draw's 3D effects to the 3D text. See 124 Convert 2D to 3D for more information on Draw's 3D effects.

  5. Rotate from the Center

    Click and drag one of the center handles. As you do, you'll see that instead of the 3D text rotating up or down, the text will rotate on its side-to-side axis, producing a different rotational effect.

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