|Draft → Shape from text ...|
|Introduced in version|
|Draft Text, Part Extrude|
The ShapeString tool inserts a compound shape that represents a text string. Text height, tracking and font can be specified. The resulting shape can be used with the Part Extrude tool to create 3D letters.
The Draft Text tool is a simpler alternative that does not produce a closed shape.
How to use
- Press the button, or press then keys.
- Click a point on the 3D view, or type a coordinate and press the button.
- Enter the desired text, and press .
- Enter the desired size, and press .
- Enter the desired tracking, and press .
- Press to accept the displayed font file, or press to select a font file.
The text, size, tracking, and font can be changed after creation, by modifying the shape properties.
Set the default font file in Draft Preferences, in the tab. Supported fonts include TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.otf), and Type 1 (.pfb).
- To enter coordinates manually, simply enter the numbers, then press between each X, Y and Z component.
- Press or the button to abort the current command.
- DataPosition: specifies the position of the base point of the compound shape.
- DataAngle: specifies the rotation of the baseline of the shape.
- DataAxis: specifies the axis to use for the rotation.
- DataString: specifies the text string to display; unlike the Draft Text tool, the Draft ShapeString can only display a single line.
- DataSize: specifies the general height of the letters.
- DataTracking: specifies the additional inter-character spacing in the string.
- DataFont File: specifies the full path of the font file used to draw the string.
The ShapeString tool can be used in macros and from the Python console by using the following function:
ShapeString = makeShapeString(String, FontFile, Size=100, Tracking=0)
- Creates a
ShapeStringcompound shape using the specified
FontFileis mandatory and must be the full path of a supported font file
Sizeis the height of the resulting text in millimeters
Trackingis the additional inter-character spacing in millimeters
import FreeCAD, Draft Draft.makeShapeString("This is a sample text", "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts/Arial.ttf", 200.0, 10)
Selecting A Font
ShapeString uses the internal geometry of a font to make FreeCAD shapes. To do this it must read the actual font file (*.tff, etc). If the Font Selection box is empty, you must type the full path to the font file or useto select a font file.
- This tool is not available in FreeCAD versions anterior to 0.14
- TrueType(*.ttf), OpenType(*.otf) and Type1(*.pfb) font files are supported.
- Very small text heights may result in deformed character glyphs due to loss of detail in scaling.
- The current version is limited to left-to-right layouts on a horizontal baseline.
- For creating curved text you can use the macro Circular Text