I'll bet you seen hand stenciled signs advertising garage sales or school events. All you need in the real world is a stencil kit and a can of spray paint and you can make an instant sign. With the advent of TrueType fonts on the computer, it's easy to find a stencil font on the Internet to do the same with a computer. Here's an example of one that's installed on my laptop.
TextEffect for manipulating text
When you place text within a TextBlock you can change the appearance of the text by manipulating the font size, forecolor or fontweight and other similar properties. Changing a setting like a font size affects all text within the text block unless you wrap the text within multipe
What I want to happen in this example is spell out a word in a TextBlock, apply the stencil font and then adjust the positioning of individual letters within the TextBlock to look as if they were laid out by hand. Here's a screenshot to show what I mean. The second TextBlock is using the TextEffect property.
Digging into the TextEffect XAML
This was first published in July 2010