TEXT MANIPULATION

It may seem traitorous for me to ask this question in a Painter forum but here goes.

I'm looking for a cheap software that will allow me to create artistic text. For instance I need to be able to have text that starts large in the foreground and gradually disappears as it approached the vanishing point. Also I need to be able to have text follow whatever wild and crazy path I choose. And of course I need to simply type this text in from my keyboard, and it does what I have described.

I'm using Corel Painter 11. I'm still a newby with it, but it doesn't seem heavily dedicated to using text as an integral piece of an overall artistic creation.

Thanks in advance for whatever help anyone can provide.