I am interested in drawing a specially rendered text on a curve.

The LaTeX package pst-text provides a function to draw text on a curve (pstextpath) and a function to specially render text (pscharpath):

MWE for what I want to combine:


        % Specially Rendered Text:
          \pscharpath[linecolor=orange,fillstyle=solid,fillcolor=black,linewidth=0.3pt]{\RM Specially Rendered Text}

        % Text on a Curve:
            \psplot{-3}{3}{0.5 x x mul 0.1 mul sub}
          \RM Text on a Curve


Summary: How to write specially rendered text on a curve?

  • and what is your problem?
    – user2478
    Dec 14, 2012 at 16:46
  • @Herbert I guess the problem is replication of the glowing effect below to the curved path.
    – percusse
    Dec 14, 2012 at 16:47
  • ah I see. That is possibble but needs some modifications of the code
    – user2478
    Oct 8, 2013 at 7:19

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I'm not sure that this is really an answer, but according to the documentation on \pscharpath and \pstextpath:

With the optional *, the character path is not removed from the PostScript environment at the end. This is mainly for special hacks. For example, you can use \pscharpath* in the first argument of \pstextpath, and thus typeset text along the character path of some other text. However, you cannot combine \pscharpath and \pstextpath in any other way. E.g., you cannot typeset character outlines along a path, and then fill and stroke the outlines with \pscharpath.

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    It says : You cannont typeset character outlines along a path, and then fill and stroke the outlines with \pscharpath... It'll require a more complex transformation. Sorry, dude
    – 3isenHeim
    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:11
  • @Pierre Yeah, I don't know the mechanics behind \pscharpath and \pstextpath, but I have the feeling it should be possible to merge them (even if it requires a deeper hack).
    – matheburg
    Aug 12, 2014 at 13:39
  • @Pierre I'm not sure I understand your comment which seems only to repeat the same information from the quote in my answer.
    – A.Ellett
    Aug 12, 2014 at 13:46

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