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Draw Text As Sprite?


dacatchman
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So I'm basically trying to make a tilesprite composed of text.  The idea is so I can have dynamic text to behave like a sprite, rather than constructing a different spritesheet for every kind of font I might need.  The primary use is to scroll through the text (think like a slot machine?) composed of text, rather than icons.  Hence the tilesprite, but I'm sure there's other ways to do it.

 

None of the examples really deal with text being used in such a fashion, so I'm not sure where to begin.

 

This is done fairly simply in just plain old canvas, but I'm not really sure a Phaser equivalent?  I thought perhaps RenderTexture, but I can't seem to construct one without using an actual image.

 

I haven't used Phaser since 1.1.3 or so, so I'm not really familiar with all the changes.

 

 

Anyone got some insight on where to begin here?

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Always feel silly asking then answering it myself, but for those interested you can accomplish this by making your own bitmap data object, filling the text (plain ol' canvas method, ctx.fillText for example) and then use the bitmap data itself to construct your phaser sprite.  For example:

var game = new Phaser.Game(800, 600, Phaser.CANVAS, 'render-text', { preload: preload, create: create });var bmd = null;var spr = null;//  The Google WebFont Loader will look for this object, so create it before loading the script.WebFontConfig = {    active: function() { game.time.events.add(Phaser.Timer.SECOND, createText, this); },    google: {      families: ['Revalia']    }};function preload() {    game.load.script('webfont', '//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/webfont/1.4.7/webfont.js');}function create() {    game.stage.setBackgroundColor(0x2d2d2d);    bmd = game.make.bitmapData(400,200);}function createText() {    bmd.ctx.beginPath();    bmd.ctx.rect(0,0,400,200);    bmd.ctx.fillStyle = '#FF0000';    bmd.ctx.fill();    bmd.ctx.fillStyle = '#000000';    bmd.ctx.font = '32px Revalia';    bmd.ctx.fillText('hello,phaser!',40,40);    spr = game.add.sprite(100,100,bmd);    spr.inputEnabled = true;    spr.input.enableDrag();}
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