How To Wrap Text Around A Circle with GIMP

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In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to wrap text around a circle using GIMP — both inside and outside the circle.

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The following is a brief overview of the steps taken. Please watch the video tutorial at the top of the page for complete step-by-step instructions with voice narration.

Wrap Text Around A Circle

The first thing we’re going to do is create a new document sized at 1,280 x 1,280 pixels and add vertical and horizontal guides halfway through the document.

Step 1

Then we’re going to create a perfectly symmetrical circle in the center of the document and convert it to a path.

Step 2

Next, we’ll create two separate lines of text — one for the top of the circle and one for the bottom.

Step 3

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Now we’re going to right click the layer containing the bottom line of text and select Apply Text To Path. This will create a new path with the letters wrapped around the inside of the circle.

All we have to do now is create a new selection from that path, and on a new layer fill it with your foreground color and rotate it around so that it sits at the bottom of the circle.

Step 5

Now we will apply the same steps to the top line of text. However, since we’ll be positioning the text at the top of the circle, we’ll need to apply the text to the outside of the circle rather than the inside. To do this we must reverse the direction of the path using the Flip tool.

GIMP flip tool menu

Make sure you have the “Paths” box enabled.

Once the path is reversed all we have to do is repeat the previous steps to wrap the top line of text around the circle. It should apply to the outside of the circle as depicted below…

Step 7

Our circular text is complete! All we have to do now is disable the paths, delete the guides from the canvas, then add a circle with a fill color of your choosing to the background layer.

Finished circular text

If you have any questions then leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!


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