Working with Text

Text Along a Path

Text placed along a path

Adding Text

We assume that a path is already present in your document.

To place text along a path:

  1. Press the Shift-T key.
    Click on the Text tool Text tool icon in the Tools panel. Make sure that the Text Box mode Text box mode is activated in the Control panel. is activated in the Control panel.
  2. Point the cursor exactly at the path (not fill or shadow) and click. The program will display a text editor containing the default text.
  3. Type in or paste new text.

To exit the text editing mode, press the Escape key.

Editing and Formatting Text

To edit text in your document, double-click on it with the Move or Selection tool. Alternatively, you can start editing text by clicking on it with the Text tool. The built-in text editor provides basic capabilities for editing and formatting text.

Apart from the text itself, you can change its font, color and other properties as described in the Properties of Text section. The most important properties can be found in the Control panel located above the canvas.

Editing Text as Paths

You can convert a text object to paths using the Modify > Expand command from the main menu. Then you can edit each character as paths and anchor points using the respective tools. Note that after expanding a text object it will not be possible to edit it as text nor change its formatting.

Modifying the Path

To resize or rotate the path that defines the text's shape and direction, drag the corresponding corner or side handle of the object's boundary as explained in the Move, Resize and Rotate Objects section.

The path can also be modified with the Selection, Pen and other tools.