Lightburn Demo 17 – Text On Curve

The Lightburn Software Series

The Lightburn Software is probably the best generic laser cutting software available (I use it for almost all of my laser work). This series has LightBurn tutorials, hints and tips as well as the occasional speed comparisons between it and RDWorks. My thanks to the team at Lightburn for allowing me to embed their videos. In this video we look at the LightBurn text on curve feature, in particular how simple it now is to add text along the path of a circle.

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Feedback from a number of users has been, “when we said ‘path’ we meant ‘circle’ when talking about the Apply Path to Text feature, and since that is what most people are using it for, we thought we could make text on a curve simpler to use for that case. Have a look.

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Lightburn text on curve - lightburn text on a path
LightBurn Text on Curve – Text on a Path

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Lightburn text on curve - text following a circle
LightBurn Text On Curve – Text Following a Circle

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0:00 when we first headed texting like burn

0:03 the feedback that we got predominantly

0:06 from people that was that they wanted to

0:08 be able to attach text to a path and

0:12 that was how it was worded people always

0:16 said I want to be able to attach my text

0:20 to an object so that I can make the path

0:23 follow that object now this is

0:25 incredibly flexible it allows you to do

0:28 things like this so you can bend text in

0:32 strange ways the feedback that we’ve

0:36 gotten since is that most people don’t

0:41 want to bend their text on an arbitrary

0:44 path but instead want to just wrap their

0:47 text around a circle and quite a few

0:51 people found the attaching text to a

0:54 path and node editing the path or

0:56 attaching it to a circle to be

0:59 cumbersome so as an example if I create

1:01 a circle you make it not filled so that

1:06 you can see it so if I take this text

1:10 and that circle and I say apply the path

1:14 to text now the circle starts here and

1:17 the text is centred so the text wraps

1:19 this way and you would have to rotate

1:21 the circle and so on so there’s there’s

1:24 a number of reasons why it is not as

1:27 intuitive as it could be and as I said

1:30 the predominant thing that people want

1:32 to do is wrap their text around a circle

1:36 so we’ve made a little tweak and if you

1:40 zoom in here you can see this little

1:41 blue dot Blue means Bend if I grab the

1:45 bend and ‘el and move it text will now

1:49 just bend you can move this handle out

1:52 here you can move it in here you can

1:55 basically put it wherever you like this

1:58 handle will only be shown on text

2:01 objects the text objects are not

2:05 actually attached to a path this is now

2:08 a native feature within light burn so if

2:11 I tell the text to align to

2:13 bottom you can now see that the bend

2:15 handle is on the bottom of the text if I

2:17 align the text to the top the bend

2:19 handle is at the top and in fact it’s

2:21 actually at the bottom of the next line

2:24 which is slightly awkward but it’s just

2:28 how text works unfortunately the nice

2:31 thing about the bend handle and bending

2:34 text in general is that it is much more

2:36 generic and simpler to use than the

2:42 previous text so I haven’t got the

2:44 cursor finished yet I’m still working on

2:46 this but to give you an idea you can do

2:49 multiple lines and this doesn’t have any

3:01 weird behaviours if you put the these in

3:04 a group or if you manipulate them in

3:07 other ways the text will stretch as

3:11 multiple lines are added so you’ll

3:15 actually see this text on the outside is

3:17 starting to get wider and that’s just

3:19 because you are putting this text in a

3:21 circle and you’re squishing it or

3:22 stretching it there’s not really going

3:24 to be a way around that however for the

3:29 generic case where somebody has a shape

3:32 like this that they want to have their

3:37 text sort of wrapped around it’s pretty

3:40 easy to line this up now you can

3:42 basically just eyeball it we don’t have

3:46 a way of entering this exactly but I

3:48 suspect that that’s not going to be a

3:51 very big problem if you do want to use

3:55 the old apply LightBurn text to path functionality

3:58 you can still certainly do that there’s

4:00 nothing preventing that from being used

4:05 however the new version is much more

4:09 intuitive and it’s simpler to use I can

4:13 do this I can also flip the text

4:16 horizontally or vertically that you

4:19 couldn’t do with text attached to a path

4:22 because the path dictates whether the

4:24 text is flipped or not so as I said

4:27 there

4:27 a number of reasons why this is a little

4:30 bit more generic and simpler so

4:34 hopefully people like it we’ll be

4:36 rolling this out with the next release I

4:38 expect

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