Just the very basics on how to draw a rotated text using the Python GUI toolkit PySide (public PyQt). Please experiment and embellish.
""" ps_draw_text_rotated.py draw a rotated text with PySide's QPainter class download PySide (LGPL-licensed version of PyQT) from: http://qt-project.org/wiki/PySide or Windows binary from: http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/ tested with Python27/34 and PySide122 by vegaseat 26oct2014 """ from PySide.QtCore import * from PySide.QtGui import * class MyWindow(QWidget): def __init__(self, text, degrees): # QWidget will be self QWidget.__init__(self) # setGeometry(x_pos, y_pos, width, height) # upper left corner coordinates (x_pos, y_pos) self.setGeometry(300, 100, 520, 520) self.setWindowTitle('Testing text rotation ...') self.text = text self.degrees = degrees def paintEvent(self, event): ''' the method paintEvent() is called automatically the QPainter class does the low-level painting between its methods begin() and end() ''' qp = QPainter() qp.begin(self) # set text color, default is black qp.setPen('red') # QFont(family, size) qp.setFont(QFont('Decorative', 12)) # start text at point (x, y) x = 30 y = 30 qp.translate(x, y) qp.rotate(self.degrees) qp.drawText(0, 0, self.text) qp.end() text = '''\ You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cellphones. ''' # for command line replace  with sys.argv app = QApplication() # degrees of text rotation (clockwise) degrees = 45 win = MyWindow(text, degrees) win.show() # run the application event loop app.exec_()
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