Calculate text length

I found the command textAlign, but it doesn’t do what I need

I want to create a loop that runs for example 50 times,
And each time it write word in the center of the screen, in smaller font,

Here is my code:

  int x1, y1;

for (int j=100; j>0;j-=2)
  int c = int(random(255));
  textAlign(CENTER, CENTER);
  text("TODAY", x1, y1);

But the alignment to the horizontal center is not really refers to the center of the screen,
because the result is this:

The question is - how do I calculate how much should I move the text?


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I think this is useful

And this is how text array …could guide from an idea


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It will help you get to this:



if i understand correctly i think what you need to do is draw the letters individually. you can see an example of what i mean below

and here’s the code i used (note this is really rough and i didn’t bother too much so no doubt it can be improved and you will need to mess with the inner character scaling)

String letters;
float defaultWidth, spread;
int layers, fontSize, scaleFactor;
int[] shadePalette;

void setup() {
  size(800, 600, P2D);
  fontSize = 100;
  scaleFactor = 10;
  textAlign(CENTER, CENTER);
  letters = "TODAY";
  defaultWidth = textWidth(letters);
  spread = defaultWidth / letters.length();
  layers = 10;
  shadePalette = new int[layers];
  for(int i = 0; i < layers; i++) {
    //shadePalette[i] = 255 - (255 / (i + 1));
    shadePalette[i] = int(random(255));

void draw() {
  int i, j;
  for(i = 0; i < layers; i++) {
    textSize(fontSize - i * 4);
    for(j = 0; j < letters.length(); j++) {
      char c = letters.charAt(j);
      text(c, (width / 2 - defaultWidth / 2) + (j * (fontSize - j * 4)), height / 2 + i);      
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I tried to copy all this code and run it, and got an error:
gluegen-rt.dll: Can’t find dependent libraries
A library relies on native code that’s not available.
Or only works properly when the sketch is run as a 32-bit application.

I usually work with the 64-bit app

this is raw processing 4 code. that error is unrelated to the code i posted.

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I just copy it and paste…
What can be the error?