CorelDRAW makes it very easy to create text on a path or text that follows the outline of any shape.
Time Required: 2 minutes
- Draw a line or shape with any of the drawing tools.
- Select the Text tool. (Shortcut F8)
- 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.
- Click once and a blinking cursor attaches itself to the line or outline of the shape.
- Start typing and the text will flow along the path.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A button on the property bar allows you to put the text on the other side of the path.
- The line or shape used as a path for the text can be hidden by setting the line and fill properties to none.
- 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.