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.
    or
    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.

Aligning Text with the Path

Text starts at the beginning of the path by default. It is the point from which you begin drawing a path with the Pen or Pencil tool. It is less obvious, but all curves and shapes created with tools like Rectangle or Star also have the start and end points. There are several settings that let you change the position of the text in relation to the path. By combining those settings, you can produce different results.

Let's take a look at a few typical cases. We use a standard oval whose path begins at the upper point and goes in the clockwise direction.

Text begins at the beginning of the path.

Example 1

Text placed along an oval with all default settings.

The default oval was used as the path for the default text.

Example 2

The text aligned with the end of the path.

The text was aligned with the end of the path using the text alignment buttons in the Control panel.

Text alignment tool set to Align Right

Example 3

Text placed along a path with all default settings.

Create a gap between the start point of the path and text by increasing the indent width.

Indent width in the text properties panel.

Example 4

Text placed along a path with all default settings.

The start and end points of the path were swapped using the Modify > Path > Reverse command.

Example 5

The text aligned with the middle of the path.

The start and end points of the path were swapped using the Modify > Path > Reverse command. Additionally, the text was aligned with the middle of the path.

Text alignment tool set to Align Center.

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.