[lug] Drawing a logo with circular text on Linux?

Michael J. Hammel mjhammel at graphics-muse.org
Mon Sep 20 12:44:09 MDT 2004

On Mon, 2004-09-20 at 12:27, Jani Averbach wrote:
> Do you have any recommendations or tips how could I draw a small logo
> on Linux. 
> This logo:
> a) should be in vectorized format
> b) should support truetype fonts
> c) will contain a text which follows circular path

The only vector program that might handle this is Inkscape: 

It handles TT fonts just fine.  The last time I used it you couldn't set
up text along a curve but you could convert text to outlines and treat
each character as a separate object, then place them along any curve
you'd like.

Another tool which might provide this is Scribus, though I haven't
really examined its text handling features in depth yet.  Its on my todo
list for my column in Linux Format.

The easiest way to generate text along a curve is in OpenOffice Draw. 
Create a text object then open the FontWork dialog to render the text
along a variety of predefined curves.  You can export it as SVG or WMF
though I don't know how good these exports really are.  Most of the
vector toosl for Linux (sodipodi, inkscape, scribus) can import SVG
Michael J. Hammel                               The Graphics Muse 
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