You can add artistic text along the path of an open object (for example, a line) or a closed object (for example, a square). You can also fit existing text to a path. Artistic text can be fitted to an open or closed path. Paragraph text can be fitted to open paths only.

After you fit text to a path, you can adjust the text’s position relative to that path. For example, you can mirror the text horizontally, vertically, or both. Using tick spacing, you can specify an exact distance between the text and the path.

CorelDRAW treats text fitted to a path as one object; however, you can separate the text from the object if you no longer want it to be part of the path. When you separate text from a curved or closed path, the text retains the shape of the object to which it was fitted. Straightening the text reverts it to its original appearance.

Placing Text on a Path in CorelDRAW

To add text along a path

  1. Select a path using the Pick tool .
  2. Click Text Fit text to path.
  3. The text cursor is inserted on the path. If the path is open, the text cursor is inserted at the beginning of the path. If the path is closed, the text cursor is inserted at the center of the path.
  4. Type along the path.
Placing Text on a Path in CorelDRAW - Print
  • You can’t add text to the path of another text object.
  • You can also fit text to a path by clicking the Text tool and pointing to a path. When the pointer changes to a Fit to path pointer, click where you want the text to begin, and type.

To fit text to a path

  1. Select a text object using the Pick tool  .
  2. Click Text  Fit text to path.
    The pointer changes to the Fit text to path pointer . As you move the pointer over the path, a preview of where the text will be fitted is displayed.
  3. Click a path.
  4. If the text is fitted to a closed path, the text is centered along the path. If the text is fitted to an open path, the text flows from the point of insertion.
  • Artistic text can be fitted to open or closed paths. Paragraph text can be fitted to open paths only.
  • You can’t fit text to the path of another text object.

To adjust the position of text fitted to a path

  1. Using the Pick tool , select the text fitted to a path.
  2. Choose a setting from any of the following list boxes on the property bar:
    • Text orientation — the angle at which the text sits on the path
    • Distance from path — the distance between the text and the path
    • Horizontal offset — the horizontal position of the text along the path
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