How to Curve Text in Inkscape

One of the most popular graphic design aspects is the ability to alter the way text looks. If you’ve ever been down that alley, you might have wondered how to curve text in Inkscape. Let’s go over how to do just that!

Step 1

To start out, let’s grab the Text tool and draw some text, of course.

text tool inkscape

Step 2

Then we need to draw a path to curve our text to. I’ll just use the Pen tool and draw a simple curved line. Also note that I drew this line from left to right, which will make then text curve to the top.

inkscape text and path

Step 3

To make the curve happen, select both the text and the path. Then, head up to Text > Put on Path.

inkscape text to path

Step 4

Here’s our result! Not too bad huh? (I changed the color of the line to make the text more visible.)

inkscape curved text

Step 5

Like I said before, if you draw the line left to right, the text will curve above the line. However, if you draw the line from right to left, you’ll end up with something like this.

inkscape curve text below line

That’s How You Curve!

This was part of 5 Essential Inkscape Tips and Tricks.

Curving text in Inkscape is really easy to accomplish as you can see. It also opens up a lot of design ideas as far as making text blend in with the rest of your scene. Thanks for reading!

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