Adding Flair to the Design
Adding an outline or a shadow is a fairly common, but visually exciting technique. In addition
to these, OMEGA offers tools that allow you to distort or warp objects, fit text on a path, and
create special effects by combining shapes and library designs. This book shows you how to
achieve these effects in the following chapters:
Chapter 40: Outlining Objects, shows you how to add single or multiple outlines to text and
Chapter 41: Adding Shadows, tells you how to give three-dimensional appearances to shapes
using shade, drop, or cast shadows.
Chapter 42: Distorting and Warping Objects, provides distortion templates and free-style
warping to radically change the appearance of shapes and text.
Chapter 43: Fitting Text to a Path, allows you to create a path − even a distorted one − and then
put text on that path. You can hide the path so that the text seems to have a life of its own.
Chapter 44: Creating Special Effects, shows you how to add stripes, silhouettes, and layers to
shapes. There is also a library of special effects for you to use in your design.
Use the Outline command in the Tools menu to open the Outline dialog box so you can add
single or multiple outlines to objects. Outline does not work on bitmaps or small text.
The Outline dialog box controls the number of outlines, corner types, and outline distances.
Create outlines that are inside or outside the object by using negative or positive distances.
When the outline is larger than the original object or objects, it is placed behind the original
Each pass allows you to choose a single corner type for that pass. In this example, both passes
use a pointed corner type. There is only one outline per pass in this example.
In this example, Pass 1 has a pointed corner type and a very small positive outline distance.
Pass 2 uses a rounded corner type and a larger positive outline distance. There