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September 26, 2017
Curving text is an essential part of creating interesting and professional looking designs. In this tutorial, you will learn the proper way to do this in Inkscape. Go through this guide, and soon you'll be curving text into any shape you can envision.
The technique you are about to learn is the way I curve all my text. I've seen various methods in other tutorials. None of them are as flexible and expressive as the following technique. With this method you can create any style curve you want - simple 'U' curves, wavy curves, circular curves - anything.
If you do not have Inkscape installed on your machine, go to their website (inkscape.org) and download it from there. I do not recommend downloading it from any other place. Make sure you get the latest version by always using the official site.
Open up Inkscape, and start a brand new file.
1. Create a starting point for the guideline.
Quick TipIf your guideline is filled in and it looks more like a triangle than a line, you need to get rid of the "fill color". You can do this from the "Text and Font" tab. An easy way to open this tab is by going to the extreme bottom-left of the window and clicking on the colored box to the right of the word "Font".
2. Turn the guideline into a smooth curve.
3. Add your text to the canvas.
4. Connect the text to the guideline.
5. Make the text fit the curve end to end. We need to fill out the curve. It should go from the left edge of the curve all the way to the right edge. To do this, we will increase the font size of the text until it fills the curve up.
Quick TipNow is the right time to also change the font that your text is using. Select the font you desire from the list and click the Apply button.
6. Fine-tune the curve.
Quick TipSometimes there is a bug in Inkscape when dragging the text away. You may see the text snap back to where it was. If that occurs, no sweat, drag it away again and it should stick the second time around.
Quick TipWhile fine-tuning the curve, you may see that letters on the end of your curve vanish into thin air. Do not worry. This happens because the text is running over the edge of your curve. To fix it, make your curve wider by dragging out the far-left or far-right nodes. You could also decrease the font size of your text.
7. Finalize the curve. When you have your curve looking how you want it, you are almost done. A few more keystrokes and you'll be finished.
8. Delete the guideline.
That's it. You are done! Your curved text is ready to be cut.
This process isn't hard at all once you get used to it. Practice doing it a few times, and it will become second nature. You'll be able to curve text in under 30 seconds when you are proficient.
You are only limited by your imagination. Try out making a "frown" shaped curve (an upside down U-shape), or a wavy curve that has several up's and down's on it. There aren't many limitations to the kinds of shapes you can create for your text to follow.
Go forth and curve text!
September 22, 2020
Thank You for the knowledge !
December 17, 2019
THOSE WERE GREAT INSTRUCTIONS..>! THANKS!
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