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How do I insert text along a curve?

Add Fontwork tool palette

You need the simple Fontwork tool for this operation, not the one with the gallery.

To easily access the tool, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Tools ▸ Customize ▸ Toolbars
  2. Input fontwork into the Search field, with Category All commands
  3. In the list of available commands, select Fontwork
  4. In the Target dropdown, pick a toolbar you would like the command to appear in
  5. In the list of assigned commands, select a command to define the location of the Fontwork command
  6. Click the right-pointing arrow Add item to add the Fontwork command to the toolbar
  7. Click OK to validate

Draw the shape/curve

If your text is to follow a circular or elliptical arc:

  • from the Drawing toolbar Basic Shapes palette, select Arc
  • draw your arc and select it
  • type the text and hit ESC once to keep the shape selected

You can adjust the arc shape:

  • select Points in Drawing toolbar, shortcut F8
  • adjust the two largest squares which indicate the angles of the beginning and end of the arc

If your text is to follow any shape:

  • draw your shape
  • right-click the shape and select Convert ▸ To Curve/Polygon/Contour
  • type the text and hit ESC once to keep the shape selected
  • use the Fontwork tool palette as previously

If your text is to follow a freehand line:

  • draw the line using the Curve tool of the Drawing toolbar
  • type the text and hit ESC once to keep the shape selected
  • use the Fontwork tool palette as previously

Use Fontwork tool palette

Now you can use the Fontwork tool to determine, how the text will appear on the arc:

  • show the Fontwork tool palette with the button added previously
  • click on one button of the first line to define character inclination
  • on second line, you can select last button to extend text on the whole arc
  • third line of buttons enables to hide/show the line, or to add shadow

Help content explaining the meaning of the buttons can be accessed by:

  • selecting the Fontwork tool palette
  • pressing F1