How to Curve Text in Adobe InDesign

Curved text is one of the stand-out text effects that you can use for your documents and other publications. It allows you to inject a sophisticated visual element into your book, booklet, certificate, magazine, and/or any other documents or publications. In this article, learn some simple ways to curve text for your page layout in Adobe InDesign. how-to-curve-text-in-adobe-indesign-featured-header

Download the Free How to Curve Text in Adobe InDesign Article in PDF

How to Curve Text in Adobe InDesign Download

How to Curve Text in Adobe InDesign

Designers use different styles of curved text for their layout design projects such as curved text around a full circle shape, curved text arc as a subheading, wave-like text around a graphic icon, curved text around a circular image, animated circular text in GIF, etc. Below are simple steps that you must follow on how to curve text in Adobe InDesign for your project.

  • Step 1: Construct a Curve Shape

    Select the Ellipse tool from the Toolbar. Using the selected Ellipse tool, hold down Shift, then click and drag to create a circle shape. Make sure that both the base color and stroke color are turned off when you modify the settings in the Properties panel while the shape is selected.


  • Step 2: Add Text and Style the Shape

    Choose the Type on a Path tool from the Toolbar and click on the circle when you see the Add Text icon, then type the text. Adjust the settings for your type by going to Window > Type and Tables > Character, and choosing the font that suits your needs and preferences, or you can also change the color using the color palette in the toolbar.


  • Step 3: Move Text along the Curve

    Use the Selection tool, select the shape and move towards the text anchor point. When you see an icon with an arrow when you are at the right point, click hold and drag to move the text around the curve.


  • Step 4: Type on Path Settings

    With the selected text, go to Type > Type on a Path > Options. Check the Flip option in the Type on a Path Options dialogue box to flip the anchor point around the inside of the curve, and choose from the Effect, and Align options that you want, as well as indicate the number of spacing for the text.



Can you curve font in Adobe InDesign?

Yes, just use the Selection Tool to shape and move the text anchor point.

How to curve text in a circle in InDesign?

Select the Ellipse frame tool, hold shift and drag out the circle until you are satisfied with the size once you have released a line circle.

How to make text curve around an image in InDesign?

Go to Window and select the Text Wrap option to show the Text Wrap box, use the Selection Tool to select the object, select the wrap shape you preferred, and choose to wrap around a bounding box so that the text will frame the box around the object.