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How To Create Text on a Curve in CorelDRAW

How to Create Text That Flows Along a Path or Shape in CorelDRAW

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Text on a Curve in CorelDRAW

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CorelDRAW makes it very easy to create text on a path or text that follows the outline of any shape.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Draw a line or shape with any of the drawing tools.
  2. Select the Text tool. (Shortcut F8)
  3. Hold the cursor over the edge of the shape or line, but just above the outline. The cursor will change into an I-beam next to an 'A' on a curve.
  4. Click once and a blinking cursor attaches itself to the line or outline of the shape.
  5. Start typing and the text will flow along the path.
  6. After entering your text, switch to the pick tool and Ctrl-click on the type. From the property bar you can change the text orientation, placement, distance from path, and offset.
  7. For readable text on a circle where one part isn't upside down, make two type objects attached to the shape: one for the top half and one for the bottom half.
  8. Place one of the text objects on the other side of the path, and adjust the distance and offset to correspond with the other side.

Tips:

  1. A button on the property bar allows you to put the text on the other side of the path.
  2. The line or shape used as a path for the text can be hidden by setting the line and fill properties to none.
  3. When text is attached to a shape you will need to Ctrl-click to select one or the other if you want to change line and fill properties independently.

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