LightBurn Tutorial 13 – Text On Path

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 tutorials, hints and tips as well as the occasional speed comparisons between it and RDWorks. In this LightBurn tutorial session, we learn all about the feature text on path.

My thanks to the team at Lightburn for allowing me to embed their videos.

Contents

How to use the Apply Path to Text feature in LightBurn.

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0:01hi there today we’re going to do a quick

0:05walkthrough and demonstration of how to

0:07use the new text upon a path feature in

0:10light bar so this is something that’s

0:13been requested

0:14more than pretty much anything else on

0:16our feature request site so we’re pretty

0:18pleased with it so let’s get started so

0:20to put text on to a path or curve of

0:24text first of all you will need some

0:26text this feature only works with single

0:30lines of text so you can’t enter

0:32multiple lines and wrap them onto an

0:34object you will have to do the text one

0:37line at a time so create some text and

0:41then create a path or a shape that you

0:44want to put the text on so in my case

0:46I’m going to use a circle or an ellipse

0:49select both objects it doesn’t matter

0:51what order you select them in you can do

0:53the text first and then the shape you

0:55can drag select the two of them together

0:56however you like go to tools apply path

1:00to text and now the text is locked onto

1:03the shape in this case the shape itself

1:08has a starting point down here on the

1:10bottom that’s where the first node is in

1:13this object and it traverses this way so

1:15there’s no 0 node 1 node 2 node 3

1:19programmers count from 0 if you want to

1:23put the text on the top of the curve

1:26which is something that I would like to

1:28do you can just rotate the ellipse

1:32object or the path 90 degrees like that

1:35and now the text is at the top what you

1:38can’t do is rotate the text once it is

1:42attached to a path or shape it is locked

1:45on to that shape and can’t be

1:47manipulated directly with a few

1:50exceptions and I’ll show you what those

1:51are in a moment

1:52so I’m going to rotate my ellipse 90

1:56degrees so that the text is up top I can

1:59scale the ellipse

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2:01manipulate it in the same way that I

2:04normally used to be able to or normally

2:06could if I grab and rotate the whole

2:09thing the text goes with it because the

2:11text is anchored to it a few other

2:14things that are worth noting if I select

2:17the text I can still modify the height

2:20of the text you can also change the

2:23alignment of the text now this is kind

2:25of important if we go back to the

2:28ellipse shape and I show you where the

2:30starting point is again so here’s the

2:32start so it traverses around this way

2:35if I tell the text to attach itself or

2:40to align itself to the left the left

2:42edge of the text is now at that starting

2:45point if I say right align the text now

2:49the right edge of the text is aligned to

2:51that starting point and if I say middle

2:54now the text is centered on the past

2:56this is more evident if the path is a

3:00line or a curved shape that’s open you

3:05can also align the text vertically so

3:08right now the center line of the text is

3:11what’s anchored to the curve if I say

3:13align the top of the text to the curve

3:15you can see that the top of the capital

3:18letters are what’s anchored to the curve

3:20if I say align the Y to the bottom now

3:22the bottom of the text is what is

3:24aligned to the curve a couple of

3:27interesting things if I take this curve

3:32and move it this way you’ll notice that

3:34the text stays attached to its bottom

3:38edge but now the text is on the inside

3:41of the curve instead of the outside you

3:44can use this to your advantage if you

3:48are trying to manipulate the text into a

3:51particular arrangement if I stell the

3:53text if I want it attached to the top

3:55now it’s attached to the top when it’s

3:57down here if I grab this shape and pull

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4:00it up the text is still anchored to the

4:02top of the text inside that shape you

4:06can

4:07get the same results by flipping the

4:10thing inside out the other way if I move

4:12this scale it inside out left to right

4:16it has that same effect just be aware of

4:20how this works it may take a little bit

4:24of playing with to get a feel for it

4:26it’s a little bit more obvious if you

4:29use just a straight line so if I draw a

4:32line from the left side to the right

4:34side of the screen and then I draw

4:37another line from the right side to the

4:39left side of the screen if we look at

4:42both of these shapes and we see their

4:44starting points so this one says I’m

4:46starting here going this way this one

4:48says I’m starting here going this way if

4:50I create a couple of lines of text I’m

4:59going to attach this text to that line

5:03and I’m going to attach this text to

5:06that line now you’ll notice that the

5:10text attached to the line that is going

5:13from left to right

5:15standard North American reading order is

5:18above the line and the text that is

5:21attached to the line going from right to

5:25left is underneath the line if i know’d

5:30edit this and pull the line the other

5:33way now the text is up right again this

5:38is useful to know it allows you to

5:42control where the text is going to

5:45appear it’ll also save you some

5:47headaches if you’re trying to figure out

5:48why the text popped on to a particular

5:50side of your line it’s also worth noting

5:53that in note editing mode the text is

5:56attached and is live so if I take this

5:59line for example and I make it a smooth

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6:01line I can grab the line nodes and edit

6:06them and manipulate them so that the

6:07text now bends the preview video that we

6:12did showed this fairly clearly I’ll show

6:15a slightly different version

6:17of this on this circle if I take the

6:20circle now in order to note it at this

6:23it’s a primitive shape I’m first going

6:26to have to convert it to a path so edit

6:31convert to path now I can edit the nodes

6:35on this I’m going to delete that portion

6:38and that portion and manipulate this so

6:45you can see that the text is following

6:48the curve completely live as I

6:50manipulate the curve you’ll also notice

6:53that as I’m editing the curve the text

6:56is not welded as soon as I let go it

7:01does a final pass over it and welds

7:03everything this is to improve

7:05interactivity so that as you are

7:08manipulating the objects the animation

7:11is smooth we’ve done this in a few

7:14places in life burn most of the time

7:16it’s not noticeable but it does help

7:19keep the interactivity up

7:25you can also edit some of the properties

7:29of the text while it is attached to the

7:31curve

7:32you cannot scale or rotate the text for

7:35example but I can change the size here I

7:38can change the horizontal spacing in a

7:41future release of light burn I would

7:43like to add a width scale as well so

7:47that you could fatten the text you can

7:49also make it bold or italic that still

7:52works change the font and so on all of

7:55this is still live the only thing you

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8:00can’t do is stretch skew change the text

8:04that way if I delete the line that the

8:08text is anchored to it goes back to how

8:11it was before it’s its previous shape

8:15and its previous position hopefully that

8:19has covered everything if you have any

8:22questions please come to our forum at

8:25forum light burn software com we’d be

8:28happy to help you there thank you

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