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Sometimes a design is sooooooooo close, but not quite what you want. This month we used the Shape tool in PrintingPress Extreme 6.0 to give the Extreme Valentine design the extra touch that it needed. When we started, the swoop of the “b” in “be” flowed perfectly off of the left edge of the card, but the “e” in “mine” simply refused to swoop gracefully off of the opposite edge.
No problem! We created a false swoop using the Shape tool. First, we added a shape object and set its Border Shape to Line (Bottom). We set the Outline Thickness to 3 and used the Sample Color tool to set the Outline Color to the same gray as the text.
Next, we moved the shape over by the “e” to start positioning it as our swoop. As you can see, it’s not very swoopy yet.
Next, we clicked in the Rotate By Degree field in the Size palette in the Design palette group and used our mouse wheel to slowly rotate the shape until the line looked parallel with the ending line of the “e.”
Now that the outline of the shape lines up with the “e,” we’re almost there. We dragged the shape so that the bottom edge of the “swoop” lines up with the bottom edge of the “e.” As you can see in the magnified screen shot below, the line thickness does not exactly match the thickness of the “e.”
To fix this issue, we clicked in the Fill Width field in the Border palette and used our mouse wheel to slowly increased the value until the thicknesses matched. Then we set the Fill Color to the same gray and we’re done!
Below you can see the end results.
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PrintingPress Pro Extreme 7.0 includes full support for OpenType Pro fonts, many of which include special versions of characters with swoops for placing them at the end of a word like the ‘e’ in our example. You can learn more about PrintingPress Pro Extreme 7.0 on our website, and you can learn more about OpenType Pro fonts by following our OpenType Fonts board on Pinterest.
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