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Title: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: SteveS on January 19, 2015, 10:01:58 PM
I've been trying to use TC18Pro to watermark photos and can't seem to get the text to be transparent. I can create a box and hatch it and make it transparent but can't make the text inside transparent.

Just wondering if anyone knows a way to make text transparent?
Title: Re: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: John R on January 19, 2015, 10:46:46 PM
Use the "Flexible" mode on the Text. Go to the "Pen" page and use the "Pen Width" to make it bolder. Go to the "Brush" page and apply a "Solid" hatch pattern with a "Transparency" (75% used in pic).

Edit: A different take on it.
Title: Re: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: SteveS on January 20, 2015, 03:15:25 AM
Hi John,
My pen options in text properties doesn't allow changes to pen or brush (can't select anything). I can select 'bold' in text property values but doesn't make any difference to pen or brush selectivity. Not sure what you mean by 'flexible' mode either?
Title: Re: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: Alvin Gregorio on January 20, 2015, 05:37:58 AM
Hi John,
My pen options in text properties doesn't allow changes to pen or brush (can't select anything). I can select 'bold' in text property values but doesn't make any difference to pen or brush selectivity. Not sure what you mean by 'flexible' mode either?

[In case John doesn't get to this soon enough, and you want to keep working]

What you wrote above is because you didn't select "Flexible" in Text Properties/Text page; "Mode" Section.  See image below.

I changed it in your file; that's attached, as well.

~Alvin
Title: Re: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: Alvin Gregorio on January 20, 2015, 05:59:00 AM
If you want/need to make the outline of the Text transparent, in addition to the Brush, I don't know how to do that (or, at least it's escaping me right now), while still keeping it officially "Text"-- "Text" that you can type in and change the characters within.

But if you absolutely need to have no "border" (outline) on the Text-- which I could see you wanting, if you are "watermarking" over photos-- here's what you can do (if no one offers a better remedy):

After getting the Text as close as you want, transparency-wise, and after you get the word(s) in the Text exactly what you want (it won't be editable), Explode the Text once (Select it; then go to Format->Explode).  This will leave you with a Group.  Select that Group, if it isn't already selected, and Edit it, Select All, and set the Pen type to "$INVISIBLE".

That's attached herewith.  ~Alvin
Title: Re: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: SteveS on January 20, 2015, 04:34:49 PM
After getting the Text as close as you want, transparency-wise, and after you get the word(s) in the Text exactly what you want (it won't be editable), Explode the Text once (Select it; then go to Format->Explode).  This will leave you with a Group.  Select that Group, if it isn't already selected, and Edit it, Select All, and set the Pen type to "$INVISIBLE".

That's attached herewith.  ~Alvin

I "Exploded" it once and can "Group" OK but when I select the "Group" text and set pen to "$INVISIBLE" doesn't seem to make any difference to outline of Group. Am I missing something? Notice in yours the "Group" text is set to "By Layer" in pen properties.

Have inserted 'Group' text "Watermark" in your drawing and reattached if any help.
Title: Re: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: Alvin Gregorio on January 20, 2015, 04:42:42 PM
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I "Exploded" it once and can "Group" OK but when I select the "Group" text and set pen to "$INVISIBLE" doesn't seem to make any difference to outline of Group. Am I missing something? Notice in yours the "Group" text is set to "By Layer" in pen properties.

Have inserted 'Group' text "Watermark" in your drawing and reattached if any help.

I skipped over some details in a step, hoping that you knew you're way around TurboCAD enough that you could get there.

Here's what I want you to do:

>Select the Group
>While the Group is still selected, Go to Menu Bar/Edit/Edit Group Content
>You should now be in such a "mode" that only the Group's contents are selectable and editable.  Everything else in the Drawing should be in the background, kind of grayed-out, not selectable nor editable.

That's the key:  You have to first get into Edit Group Content "mode", which, in most current Workspace configurations, can also be accessed via the Local Menu, after selecting the Group, by right-clicking and activating "Edit Tool".

>We're not looking to edit the Properties of the Group, which is what you did; we are looking to edit the Properties of the Contents within the Group (which will be a closed Polyline for each Text character [which are no longer Text characters]).

>I advise keeping the Selection Info Palette open, and keeping an eye on it to see what everything that is selected is and becomes as you are working.

~Alvin
Title: Re: Transparent text or watermark
Post by: SteveS on January 20, 2015, 06:22:57 PM
Thanks Alvin (and John R.). Can now do transparent text and put a watermark on photos if needed.

Champions.
Steve.