Today we are going to learn how to curve text in Silhouette Studio. Curved text is great for making labels, wood round signs, keychain designs, etc. Text can conform to the outside or the inside of a shape’s outline. There are several ways to adjust the text, alignment, and spacing. Let’s jump in!
Step 1: Make a Circle (or oval)
To make a circle in Silhouette Studio, hover over Drawing Tools on the left side of the screen and select the Ellipse. The default is to create an ellipse; however, you can also make a perfect circle by holding down the Shift key. This also works for making squares with the rectangle tool. Size the shape to the size you desire.
Step 2: Make Text
Use the text function to create your desired text. Size the text for your shape’s size. For my example project, here is my text near the circle.
Step 3: Curve the Text on the Circle
To curve the text in Silhouette Studio, double click the text. See the little plus sign in the circle? Grab that plus shape and drag the text onto the edge of the circle. Release the mouse button when the text has conformed to the circle.
Step 4: Adjust Curved Text
Next, to adjust the text, double click on it to get the plus back. Drag the text along the circle to position it. Use the slider next to the text to increase and decrease the distance to the circle. You can also drag the text within the circle or on the bottom. The bottom text conforms to the same circle, but I used the adjustment bar to slide the text below the circle.
Depending on the distance to the center of the host shape, you may want to adjust the spacing of the characters so that they don’t overlap. To do this, go into the font menu. Next, go to the bottom of the menu and adjust the Character Spacing.
Step 5: Convert Text to Path
Once you have the text where you want it, you need to convert it to a path to lock it. Once you convert to path, you can no longer edit the text so be sure you have it as you want it. Right click the text, select “Convert To Path.” After you convert the text, the base shape will turn back to a cut shape with the default red outline. Simply delete the red shape and your text is locked in and ready to go!
What About Other Shapes?
Yes! You can use this method to conform text to other shapes too! Just drag the text to the outline of the shape using the same procedure as above. Below is a heart shape made with the Flexishapes menu on the left of the Design screen.
Here’s an example project that you could make with curved text for a label. The labels can be designed in Silhouette Studio and you can either Print and Cut on sticker paper or use precut labels. Handmade labels for handmade gifts are a wonderful touch to any gift! 🙂
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