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New Hermes GravoStyle 5 Tutorial
In this lesson we’ll learn how to use some of the special effects text
The concepts we’ll learn are how to:
How to proportionally resize an object
How to position text in an arc
How to position text vertically
How to change the spacing between text let-
Select a font appropriate to the job.
We’ll use the job from lesson 4 as the starting point for
this lesson.
Our job’s design specifications are:
Filename: Medical Directory 2.gnh
Material: 6 inch wide by 8 inch high Gra-
voply 2 #381 plate with a .1 inch border
“MIDVILLE” placed in an arc with 0.45 inch high letters
“MEDICAL CENTER” in 0.40 inch high letters
“54 ASHFORD ROAD” in 0.30 inch high letters
Directory entries sized appropriately for the plate size.
Our job plan is to:
Open the finished job of lesson 4, then
Resize the directory text, then
Convert “MIDVILLE” to text on an , then
Change the font for “MIDVILLE” to a font appropriate for this job,
Change the font for “MEDICAL CENTER” to match the font of
“MIDVILLE”, then
Convert the street address to vertical text, then
Position all the elements of the job on the plate, then
Verify the job on GravoSyle’s WYSIWIRE screen.
Finished Plate Figure 5-1
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(Figure 5-2)
We’ll resize the entire text table of the directory.
We’ll find
the “Transformation tools” icon on the left toolbar, click on it
and opent the transformation tool pallet (Figure 5-3).
We’re interested in the transformation tool at the upper-right
corner of the pallet - it’s labeled proportional scale.
As its name implies, the “Proportional scale” tool lets us resize our selected object (or objects)
either larger or smaller, keeping the envelope of the selection in the same ratio of width to
height as the original.
To do the resizing, we have only to click
on a corner of the selection and drag the mouse cursor (with
the left mouse button held down).
We’ll do this with our direc-
tory text, and …
we can’t resize it!
Because GravoStyle’s “Text in columns” feature pro-
duces a
very special
object which is neither pure text nor a
graphical element.
“Text in columns” combines our text
relative positional information and the program safeguards
against any unintentional changes to it.
Before we can resize
the “Text in column” object, we have to convert it to something
more editable.
For this we’ll use the “Text into curves” tool (Figure
Figure 5-2
Directory Plate from Lesson 4
Figure 5-3
Transformation Tool
Look Further
Other tools in the “Transformation tools” pallet let us move, stretch and mirror our select objects.
Figure 5-4 “Convert into curves” Tool
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We’ll make sure that the text table is selected and we’ll open the “Text tools” pallet and click
on the “Text into curves” tool.
We can now resize our text table.
Again, we’ll click on a corner
of the table and drag the cursor inward to reduce the table’s size.
We’ll reduce it to 80% of its
original size (this should give us an approximate text height of 0.25 inches) and note the ac-
tual reduction as we drag at the left corner of the information bar at the very bottom of Gra-
voStyle’s screen.
When we’ve reached the desired size, we’ll release the mouse button.
job will now look as it appears in Figure 5-5.
We’ll leave the directory table where it is and do
our final positioning later.
We’ll now place the word “MIDVILLE” on an arc:
First, click on the word to select it, then
Open the “Text tools”
pallet, then
Click on the “Text on an
arc” tool (Figure 5-6)
The “Text on arc” dialog window
will open (Figure 5-7) giving us the
place to define the arc to which our
text will be shaped.
Look Further
Typed text (or numbers or punctuation marks) is not really
a true graphic; that is, a collection of lines and curves.
If it
were, then text couldn’t be changed by re-typing or spell
checked, just as a circle that we draw couldn’t be changed
to, say, the letter “G”.
Text and graphics are different, and
to edit text as we would edit
lines and curves, we have to
first convert the text by using the “Text into curves” tool.
(This is a one-way conversion - we can’t go back.)
GravoStyle’s “Text into columns” produces yet a different
kind of object.
When we apply the “Text into curves” tool
to it, it transforms the text table into normal text that can
now be edited like any other text.
A second application of
the “Text into curves”
tool would then convert it into pure
graphics (lines and curves), but this is not necessary for
this job.
Figure 5-5 Directory Table Resized
Power Tip
GravoStyle has an easy but
powerful way to let you do
transformations that you do
with a mouse (such as resiz-
ing) with precision.
When we
start dragging the cursor,
press the “F2” key on the key-
A dialog box will open
and give you the opportunity
to enter an exact value for
what you’re trying to achieve!
Remember, the “F2” feature
works with most
moves, re-
sizing, etc.
Figure 5-6 “Text on an arc” Tool
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Note that the “Text on arc” dialog does
not force us to
enter the radius of the arc.
Rather, we
can enter information of more direct use to us, namely:
The length of the chord of the arc on which we’ll place our text.
This is equivalent
to the horizontal width of our baseline.
We’ll enter 6 inches.
The distance from the chord to the line of the arc.
This really defines the visual cur-
vature of our text; the smaller this number is, the flatter our arc will be.
We’ll enter 3
inches for this value.
The angle of the arc.
This defines the maximum length
of the curved baseline of the text.
We’ll leave the de-
fault value of 90 degrees.
The coordinates for the center of the arc’s circle.
leave the default values and move the text later by visu-
ally dragging it.
Finally, we’re asked to specify the placement of the text on the
We’ll select “Clockwise/outside the arc”.
We’ll now click
“OK” and our job will appear as it’s shown in Figure 5-8.
Figure 5-7 “Text on arc” Dialog
Figure 5-8 Text Placed on Arc
Look Further
We don’t have to have our text typed first when we place text on an
We can, if we wish, go into text mode, position a text cursor
anywhere on-screen and then define our font and letter height.
Clicking on the “Text on arc” tool at this point will then give us a
curved baseline on which we can then type.
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Figure 5-7 shows that the text is outside of the material.
We’ll fix this by clicking on the padlock on the informa-
tion bar (bottom of GravoStyle’s window) to unlock the
material and margin constraints and drag the curved
text so that it’s up against the material border and visu-
ally centered left-to-right.
Next, we’ll reposition the di-
rectory table and the line “MEDICAL CENTER” out of
the way so that we can have a clearer view of the
curved text (Figure 5-9).
We can see that the word “MIDVILLE” is not visually ap-
We’ll improve this by increasing the space between letters of this text.
To do this,
Click on “MIDVILLE” to select it.
Go into text mode
Click on the yellow segment (it’s called a
“rapido” of the text editing dialog area at the bot-
tom of the screen.
There, we’ll enter the value
“200%” in the small window labeled
“space” (Figure 5-10).
This means that the inter-
letter spacing will be twice the normal amount.
When we accept this value, our job will look as it
appears in Figure 5-11.
We have a problem!
The text looks funny.
We’ve greatly increased the spacing be-
tween letters of a proportionally spaced font and
in so doing, we exaggerated the unequal original
Figure 5-9 Text on Arc Moved
Figure 5-10 Changing the Space Between Letters
Figure 5-11 Inter-Letter Spacing Increased
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We’ll fix this by changing the font of “MIDVILLE”.
Let’s change it to Roman 3L.
The result is
shown in Figure 5-12
Roman 3L is also a proportional font, but its heavier than the original font, and the thicker let-
ters look much better.
Next, we’ll change the font of the line “MEDICAL CENTER”, resize it to a letter height of 0.40
inches and visually position it.
Our job now looks as it’s shown in Figure 5-13.
Creating our vertical text is very much like creating the text on an arc.
They’re both text tools.
Here’s how we’ll proceed:
First, we’ll change the height of the address line to the specified 0.30 inches, then
We’ll click on the “Vertical text” tool of the “Text tools” pallet (Figure 5-14).
accept the defaults for position of the vertical text; we’ll drag it to the desired loca-
tion after the text is made vertical.
Figure 5-12 “MIDVILLE” Changed to
Roman 3L Font
Figure 5-13 “MEDICAL CENTER”
Changed to Roman 3L Font
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All that’s left to do now is to visually position both the verti-
cal text and the directory table.
When we’re finished, our
job will appear as it’s shown in figure 5-15.
From New Hermes’ cutting tool size chart, it looks like we can use a 0.040 diameter tool for all
of the letters in this job.
We’ll select this size, enter the WYSIWIRE screen and view it as it
will engrave on a GravoPly 2, #381 plate.
The result is as shown in Figure 5-1.
Figure 5-14 Vertical Text
Figure 5-15 Finished Job
New Hermes GravoStyle 5 Tutorial
In this lesson we’ve learned:
How to convert text in columns to normal text
How to proportionally resize a selected object or objects
How to use the “F2” key for precision when transforming objects
How to place text on an arc
How to change the spacing between letters in text
How to create vertical text
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