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 Post subject: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:48 pm  (#1) 
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Having too much fun with this Script-fu. Makes pretty cool Hemispheric renders. Posted a better result (imo) here. :)

ref: http://img836.imageshack.us/f/dsc00429lj.jpg/ (took this capture at Pratt Park on my Dad's Birthday a few months back)


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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:41 pm  (#2) 
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oooooooo That looks nice! I have the script on my flash drive, so when my laptop gets back I'm using this :D

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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 9:56 am  (#3) 
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That's definitely a fun script to play with. I thought making a clock face would be a snap. Not so. The double digit numbers foul me up plus the numbers don't rotate so they are not all right side up.

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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:53 am  (#4) 
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O,

Try this - it's a little more involved, but it works.
You will need to divide up the numbers into two layers
First layer has the numbers 10,11,12,1,2,3. When you type these in, add a space before the number 10.
Second layer has the digits 9,8,7,6,5,4. When you type these in, add a space after the number 4.
Hint: depending on the font you choose, you may want to replace the 9 with the six or vice versa, depending on how that digit looks.
Next, crop the two layers so that they have the same dimensions. I overlaid the two layers, aligning the dimensions of the text with guides, since you can only crop once.
Now on the layer with the digits 9-4, use Layer > Transform > Flip vertical.
Run pan to bow on both layers, ensure angle is 180..
Again on the layer with the digits 9-4, use Layer > Transform > Flip vertical.
Adjust the layer positions to form a circle.
If you created all the layers transparent, or can make them transparent around the text, you could add an image behind/inside the clock face.
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Edit: I just realized, by looking at this and another I attempted, that the font used will naturally have a big effect on the placement of the digits. In the example I posted, since the "face" and the font are so small, you don't really notice that the 9 and 3 digits are above/below a horizontal line that bisects the face through the center. My second attempt used a decorative font with wide zeros, and not only is this effect noticeable, but the number "12", which should be centered at the top is pushed to the side. The "6" is also slightly out of place and the 3-4 gap is too large. See the issues:
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I don't know if these are problems that could be fixed by further subdividing the numbers and changing the bow angle accordingly. Example: leave out the digits at the cardinal points of the face and make the bows into short arcs. Something for me to mess with this afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:31 pm  (#5) 
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Ah, Bob, cool!!! For sure I'm going to give that a try.

Is that an actual font you used with the maple leaf in the characters?

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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:49 pm  (#6) 
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Yes, the font is called "Canadian Participants"; I got it because I added a bunch of Ubuntu Studio fonts to my Linux setup, and this was one of them.

This is the same font here at Urban Fonts.

There is actually a whole series of similar fonts covering several countries as well as some unusual ones like Biohazard Participants, Satanic Participants and Cola Participants, just to name a few. The font author is Ray Larabie and he has a ton of fonts (including other styles) posted on the site.

At his site [http://www.larabiefonts.com/] it states that he created 383 free fonts before starting his own business for commercial fonts, and there you can buy a package of 10,000 fonts for US$19.99, which includes his free fonts.

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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:23 pm  (#7) 
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Thanks for the fonts Bob. I see there's a US and a UK one in the zipped package. Nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:43 pm  (#8) 
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No, problem-o, O! :hehe

That's one of the sites I go to for fonts, along with dafont.com.

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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:20 am  (#9) 
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w.r.t. text, I use a text circle script-fu. I will add that I'm not 100% sure where I got this Script-fu, but an internet search found the site (see below). :)

http://www.koders.com/scheme/fid1306A35 ... 919EA.aspx


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 Post subject: Re: Pan to Bow
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:34 am  (#10) 
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Thanks lylejk. I grabbed the script for "just in case," lol.

@O, UrbanFonts has the UK font. It is by Larabie and listed as "British Participants."

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