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  Wha's UUUp! Type Effect With Canvas™ 7
Part One

Here's another type effect tutorial for Canvas 7 that uses SpriteEffects™. If you haven't already, I suggest you take a look at the tutorial, Cool Type Effect in Canvas 7 for an explanation of SpriteEffects and how to render them for print or screen displays. This tutorial arrives right on the heels of that one and many of the points made there apply here as well.


What You Will Need For This Tutorial

This tutorial also uses the Extensis® PhotoBevel plug-in. You can download it free of charge from their web site at http://www.extensis.com. If you have Photoshop®, install it in the Photoshop Plug-Ins folder. If you don't have Photoshop, then install it or move it to a different folder and point to this folder in the preferences setup (click here for how to do this).

This tutorial uses the font, Beesknees. This font comes with the PC versions of Microsoft Office 97, FrontPage 98 and FrontPage 2000. It may also be available in the Office 2000 suite and may also be available in the Mac version*. You need to install this font and make it available to Canvas. If you don't have this font, then you can pick a similar one.

*Font packages may vary. Check it out for yourself before buying anything.

1. First, startup Canvas 7. If you setup the preferences correctly you will see the following dialog:

You need to click the "Load" button to activate the plug-in and make it available to Canvas.

  Note: If you hand off a Canvas file to a service provider that uses a third party plug-in for a SpriteEffect, that same plug-in must be installed on their hard drive for the effect to be rendered.

2. Select the Text tool and type the phrase "Wha's UUUp?" anywhere on the layout area.

3. Choose the Selection tool and the new text object will be selected.

4. Set the font to 48 point Beesknees. This is what your new text object should look like. The text should appear black if the default pen ink is black.

5. Bring up the Inks palette and click the "Gradient" tab. Scroll down and click the "Sunset" gradient (below left). In the Gradient manager enter a zero in the gradient angle text box (circled, below right).

Enter a zero in the gradient angle text box (circled).


6. This turns the orientation of the gradient around so the light color is on the top and the dark color is on the bottom. Save this gradient by dragging it from the preview box into the preset area in the Inks palette.

7. Next, use the Text tool and select all of the text in the new text object. Even though you can apply inks by selecting the object itself with the Selection tool, the result will be different. You can try this yourself to see what I mean. For this effect, you must use the Text tool to select the text.

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