In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to curve text with Affinity Designer so that you can wrap your text around a circle or place it on any other path. Knowing how to do this can enhance your ability to design logos, emblems, and badges. And thanks to Affinity Designer’s Artistic Text tool, this sort of thing can be accomplished relatively quick.
Wrapping text around a circle with Affinity Designer is very similar (in function) to the process you would use to do the same with Adobe Illustrator. However, it does appear to be more consistent in its behavior, and it’s much easier to work with your text once put on a path than it would be in Inkscape.
The following is a written overview of all the different ways you can place text on a path with Affinity Designer. However, you may find that a video tutorial is more suitable for this sort of lesson. If that is the case for you then there is a video tutorial below where I walk you through each of the steps laid out below.
Curve Text with Affinity Designer
|To curve text with Affinity Designer, select the path that you’d like to flow the text along, then grab the Artistic Text tool and click on the path to add your text.|
For this demonstration I will be wrapping the text around a circle with Affinity Designer. However, this method works the same with any other path.
Once you’ve identified the path that you’d like to curve your text around, make sure it is selected. If your path is not selected then you will not be able to place text along it.
Place Your Text On A Path
With your path selected, grab the Artistic Text tool and hover your cursor over the path that you’d like to flow your text along. Once the cursor has been placed over a valid path, you will notice the cursor changes from a letter A to a letter T with a squiggly line under it.
The cursor change is confirmation that you are clear to place your text along the path. Go ahead and click the path. You will notice a blinking cursor that appears on the path indication that you can begin typing.
Adjusting The Font, Size and Color
At this point you can add your own stylings. Simply triple-click the text to select it, then choose your font and size using the settings in the toolbar just above the artboard.
You can also change the color using the Color menu to the right of your screen.
Place Text On The Inside Of The Path
When you first curve text with Affinity Designer, the text will be placed either along the inside or the outside of the path. This depends entirely on what part of the path you initially clicked on.
If you’d like to place your text along the inside of the path, you can simply click the Reverse Text Path button in the toolbar at the top of the screen after it’s been added.
This will reposition your text from the outside of the path to the inside of the path. This works in reverse as well. The Reverse Text Path button can also change the position of the text from the inside of the circle to the outside of the circle.
Change The Position Of The Text On The Path
Now let’s address changing the position of the text as it relates to the path itself.
After you’ve wrapped your text around the path, you’ll notice two handles that appear — a green handle and a red handle. They’re both triangle-shaped.
The green handle dictates where the text begins, and it can be moved manually:
The red handle represents the endpoint of the text.
So if you’d like to place your text in the center of the top half of the circle, all you have to do is snap the green hand to the left side, the red handle to the right side, and then give your text a Center alignment using the menu at the top of the interface.
Change The Text Baseline
When you curve text with Affinity Designer, you may notice that the base of the text is where the text will be placed on the path. This can be adjusted by changing the value of the Baseline input in the toolbar above the artboard.
The slider can be used to manually adjust the baseline so that the text is placed along the outside of the path, but relative to the top of the text rather than the bottom:
Change The Spacing Between Letters
Whenever you place text along the inside of a path, you may notice that the reduction in space results in a reduction of space between the letters as well. Fortunately, this can be easily fixed.
To adjust the spacing between the letters of your text, triple-click the text to select all of it, then hold Alt on your keyboard and use the left and right arrow keys to increase and decrease the spacing between the letters.
The left arrow reduces spacing between the letters, whereas the right arrow increases the spacing:
Once you’re satisfied with your text, you can finalize it by clicking the Convert to Curves button at the top of the page.
This will change the text from a text object to a vector path (or “curve” as they’re sometimes called.) This may be required if you plan editing the vector document with another application at a later point. Unfortunately, retaining the editability of the text cross-platform isn’t currently possible.
Finally, it should be noted that once you convert your text to curves, you can no longer edit it. All changes will be final, so make sure you’re satisfied with the text styling beforehand. Alternatively, you can also save a copy of the design with the text editable and one without.
Knowing how to curve text with Affinity Designer is simply a matter of using the built-in text tool, and then adjusting the handles accordingly. In my experience, it’s much easier to work with text in Affinity Designer than it is in other vector programs, like Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator (although the process for wrapping text around a circle with Illustrator is very similar.)
Once you’ve gotten the hang of placing your text on a path and adjusting it as needed, you’ll find that it complements logo design, emblem design, badges, monograms, icons, etc. quite nicely.
If you have any questions, or if any part of these instructions are unclear, feel free to leave a comment below.
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