Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing text on a path, part of Inkscape Essential Training.
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- So far, we've seen how to add text to your Inkscape documents as regular text, which goes in straight lines, or as flow text, which sits inside of a path shape, but there's also another way of presenting text in Inkscape, which is to put that text on a path so you can make the text follow any shape or direction. Let's see how it's done. Here I have a spiral and some regular text that I took from "Alice in Wonderland" and I'd like to make the text flow along the spiral like Alice is falling down the rabbit hole.
So to do that, I'm first going to convert the spiral shape to a path. Now this isn't necessary for the sake of attaching the text to the spiral, but it will give me some more options, as we'll see in a moment. So I'll select the spiral and choose path, object to path. Then, I'll select both the path and the text and choose text, put on path. Next, I'd like to get rid of the stroke on the spiral shape so I just see the text, so I'll go over to the fill and stroke dialog in the stroke paint tab and turn that off.
And that looks pretty cool, but I don't like the fact that the text starts at the inner point of the spiral right here. I'd much rather that it started at the outer point and continued along the spiral shape to mimic Alice falling down the hole. Fortunately, there's an easy fix. The starting point of the text is determined by the direction of the path, so if I reverse the path direction, I'll reverse the text direction, too. I can reverse the direction of a path by just choosing path, reverse. And now the text starts out here, goes around and around and ends right here.
I'll click to de-select it. Now if I want to scale the path and the text, I can select it again, click on a corner, and drag. If I want to scale it proportionally I'll hold the control key, and if I want to scale it from the center as well I'll also hold down the shift key. That looks good and big. And if you want to choose a more interesting font, you can do so. Just switch to the text tool and maybe apply a script font. I can see in this new font my text is getting cut off just a little bit, so I might reduce the size just a bit.
And now I can see all the text. If I ever wanted to reverse this process and take this text off of the spiral shape, I can select it and go to text and just select remove from path. But I like it right where it is. So, as we saw in this movie, it's really easy to make text flow along the shape of any path. Remember that you can change the direction of text by reversing the path, and you can also remove the text from the path later on.
- Downloading and installing Inkscape
- Creating new documents
- Importing AI and EPS files in Inkscape
- Working with input devices like tablets
- Drawing basic shapes
- Scaling and rotating objects
- Adding fills and strokes
- Using Inkscape extensions
- Adding and editing text
- Printing and exporting Inkscape artwork
Skill Level Beginner
Drawing Vector Graphics: Patternswith Von Glitschka4h Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Navigating an Inkscape Document
3. Drawing Basic Shapes
4. Transforming Objects
5. Working with Fills and Strokes
6. Using Filters
7. Using Extensions
8. Creating Complex Shapes
9. Working with Text
10. Printing and Exporting Artwork
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