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How To Create Text That Fills a Shape in CorelDRAW


CorelDRAW allows you to have text that flows to fill the confines of any type of shape. Even custom shapes that you draw from scratch. It's really easy, too!
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 2 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Draw a shape--any shape.
  2. Select the Text tool. (Shortcut F8)
  3. Hold the cursor over the edge of the shape, but just inside. The cursor will change into an I-beam with a small box containing the letters 'AB' next to it.
  4. Click once and, poof! Your shape becomes a text container.
  5. Start typing or paste some text.


  1. The type container behaves just like any other paragraph text frame, which means you can use tabs, drop caps, and even link multiple type frames.
  2. While the shape is a text frame, it's also still a shape that can have line and fill properties applied to it. Set line and fill to none if you don't want the shaped text frame to be visible.
  3. To select only the text frame or only the shape (for changing line and fill properties) use the Ctrl key as you click. Otherwise, changes will be applied to both objects.
  4. This is a great way to make text the follows the circular shape of a CD label.
  5. On step 3, if you hold your cursor just ouside the edge of the shape, you can attach text to the outer border of the shape. The cursor becomes an I-beam next to an 'A' on a curve.

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