february song (psychme) wrote in icon_tutorial,
february song

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Rotating text

Hi. I'm a PSP8 user who'd like to experiment with text on icons. I've noticed people who have slanted text in theirs, or even curvy ones that follow the shape of a head or an arm. I've tried replicating that by creating text on a new vector layer, rotating, transforming it into a raster layer, sharpening once and then duplicating it several times. The result can be seen in my current icon. My problem is that the rotated word tends to become very blurry. Even with 4 layers of sharpened text, it's still not very clear, as you will see. And I tried to do it with pixel fonts at first and it was just madness. You couldn't even make out the words. :S

So I was wondering if anyone has any tips for me on how to improve the clarity of rotated text. Maybe I'm going about this all wrong, and I'm open to trying a whole new method. I'd appreciate help on both slanted and curvy/twisting text.

Thank you very much! :)

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