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Antialising onFor text to look smoothly finished, it's best to have antialiasing on. In Paint you may have found this caused problems, but different programs use different methods, and the antialiasing in Helios works beautifully.

Open the Settings menu and make sure there is a tick beside Use Antialiasing.

Set canvas sizeBecause the text we'll be making is big headings, I found it better to use a large canvas.

Open the Tools menu, click on Set Canvas Size, and in the dialogue box that appears type 800 for width and 600 for height.

You can of course change this to a smaller size when you begin a new file or when you next open Helios Paint.

Shadowed Text   Choose Text Options   Choose Shadow Colour   Type the Shadow   Choose a Different Colour and Type the Top Text   Position the Top Text   Changes You Can Make   Change Spacing of Letters  
Perspective   Extruded Text   Outlined Text   Fill the Outlined Text

Shadowed Text

This could not be easier!

shadowed text

Click the Text tool in the Toolbox. The Text Options will appear below your canvas. Whatever options you choose, you can change any or all of them while you are typing your text and until you click the Finish button Finish button.

Choose Text Options

Text Toolbar

Click the Font dropdown and choose the font you'd like to use.

Type in a Font size. Just guess for now; if necessary you can change it when you see how your text looks.

If you wish to, click the Bold button.

The Spacing button refers to line spacing within a paragraph.

Choose Shadow Colour

Colours and Paints buttonClick the Colours and Paints button to bring up the Colours and Paints Palette.

Click on the colour or texture that you want to use for the shadow. For a plain colour, you choose from the Normal Colour palette. To use a texture instead, click the Texture Paint tab and open a texture.

Type the Shadow

Click on the canvas and type your text. You'll see the little hand cursor hand cursor, indicating that you can move the text box around the canvas if you need to.

Look carefully at the result and change anything you want to. When you're completely happy, click the Finish button Finish button.

Choose a Different Colour and Type the Top Text

The top text needs to be a duplicate of the shadow in everything but colour, so don't change any options. The only thing you should change now is the colour.

Click on a different colour or texture for the top text.

Click on the canvas and type exactly the same text that you typed for the shadow. Don't be concerned if your text area is partly over the previous text. You can move it whenever you like—until you've clicked the Finish button.

Position the Top Text

When you have the top text ready, press with the little hand and move the text onto the shadow.

When the position is as you want it, click the Finish button Finish button.   top

Changes You Can Make

Once you've hit the Finish button the text you typed is no longer editable text. It's now an image or part of an image and can be manipulated in whatever ways you choose.

Change Spacing of Letters

The way that computers and typewriters space letters can sometimes look awkward compared with hand lettering. For instance, the space between the T and the e above looks very wide.

Moving part of a wordIf you'd like to fix this, click on the Selection tool selection tool in the Toolbox.

In the options, choose the Lasso lassoand the Freehand cut shape Freehand cut shape which is right at the top of the dropdown list.

Draw outside the letters that you want to move and click the Grab Area button Grab Area button. The selection marks will spring in to embrace the selected letters.

Hold the Ctrl key to ensure horizontal movement while you move the selected letters.   top


Perspective applied to textHit the Selection button selection tool in the Toolbox.

Choose the Lasso tool lasso and the Rectangle cut shape.

Draw a marquee outside the text.

Marquee with control pointsClick the Transform button Transform button in the Toolbox. When the options appear, click the Perspective tab.

Your text will be surrounded by a marquee with control points at each corner. Drag the control points until the marquee has the shape you want the text to have, then click the Do it button Do it button.

Text takes shape of marqueeYour text now fills the altered marquee. If necessary, adjust again and again click the Do it button.

When you like what you see, click the Selected button Selected button. Then click the Pencil tool in the Toolbox to cancel the marquee that now surrounds the canvas.   top


Extruded Text

Text with extruded appearanceThis is harder to achieve and will take some patience. Posibly a little practice, too!

You'll need to use four colours and you'll need to work in a zoomed-in view.

Begin with a normal view. Click the Text tool in the Toolbox and in the palette click on the darkest colour you plan to use.

Type your text and click Finish.

Zoom way in—maybe 400%—so that you have a very close view of just the beginning of your text.

Click the second colour, type the text again, and move it onto the previous lot. You won't be able to see the whole thing, but don't worry; where one letter goes the others must follow.

Close viewGently drag the new text so that it hides all but one pixel on the left and one pixel on the top. The picture here is of the bottom left corner on the crossbar of my T.

Click Finish.

Now, still zoomed in, click your third colour and type your text a third time.

Drag it into position, just one pixel down and one pixel over as you did before. Click Finish.

Repeat one more time, using the fourth colour. Close viewHere's how the corner of my crossbar looked when I'd finished.

Zoom out and see how it looks. Oh, and do save your work!   top

Outlined Text

Outlined text filled with a textureHelios Paint has an option for outlined text.

Outlined text can be filled with a plain colour or with a texture and can look very attractive.

Begin by clicking the Text tool in the Toolbox. The text options will appear below the canvas. Here are the options that I used to make my outlined text.

First, click the outline button to highlight it. Outlined text button offThen type in a number for the thickness of the outline. After experimenting, I thought 50 would do nicely. You can, of course, change the thickness again and again until you click the Finish button.

Options for outlined text

Click a colour in the Colour Palette. Type your text. Make any changes to the options and click Finish Finish button.   top

Outlined text


Fill the Outlined Text

Click the Paint can tool Paint can tool in the Toolbox

Set it to Local Replace. Local Replace

If you are going to fill with a normal colour, choose one from the Normal Colour palette.

If you want to use a texture, choose Texture Paint and open the texture you want to use.

If you have no textures saved, there are a few available from the Getting Started page. Right click the following link and say Open in New Tab. Then you can save a texture and close the other page to continue here. Add Textures

Paint can options

Click into the white inside of the first letter. If it seems that the fill was not complete; that there's a whitish margin between the fill and the outline of the letter, click the Undo button in the Top Toolbar, then move the slider in the Paint Can options a little way to the right and try again. You might also click the Neighbour Rule button Neighbour Rule button to tell it to colour pixels that touch only at corners. This is much more often a problem with curly fonts or fonts that have serifs. With this font, the fill was perfect first go.

Click into the remaining white parts of the text until it's all filled.   top

Outlined text filled with a texture


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