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How to Curve Text in Silhouette Studio

You might think that it’s pretty tricky to curve text in Silhouette Studio (or to make in any shape you want) but it’s really incredibly easy. We’re going to show you just how simple it is to do, using the Convert to Path feature.

Once you try out our tutorial, you’ll be all set to create designs with words following a heart shaped path for Valentine’s Day, make a curved design around a ball for a sports themed project, or create any other shaped text design that you can think of!

It’s important to note that Convert to Path only works with text (fonts), not with typical images. If you are looking to use Convert to Path with images, the only kind you can use are those available in a dingbat font.

How to Curve Text in Silhouette Studio

Silhouette Studio Drawing Tools
Silhouette Studio Drawing A Shape

Create Your Path

The first thing you need to do is to create the path you want your text to follow. Or you can open a design and type your text there. If you want to create your own, simply draw your own shape or use the ellipse, rectangle, or rounded rectangle tool in Silhouette Studio.

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Add Your Text

Next, you’re going to want to add your text. Simply add your text as you normally would!

Silhouette Creating Curved Text

Now, you should see a green box around the test with a + sign. Don’t see this sign? No worries. Simply double click your text to make it editable and this will make the green box appear.

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Move Your Text to Your Shape

Now, use your cursor to click the + sign and drag it to your shape. Your text will take on the path of the shape.

If you want to make any adjustments to your text, you can play around with the font size, letter spacing, and even use the slider bar to move the text closer or further away from your path.

Right click on the text and choose Convert to Path. You can now delete your shape.

Putting Text To Bottom Of Path Silhouette

Curving Your Text Around the Bottom of the Shape

What if you’d like to curve the text around the bottom of the shape instead of the top? Well, going back to the “plus sign”, if you pull straight down on it, the words will move to the inside of your circle. It can take a bit of a knack to do this but it will happen! You might find as you try to do this that it simply wants to slide around the circle instead of moving into it. Just keep trying until you get the feel for it.

Adding Text To Path At Bottom Of Shape In Silhouette Studio

Once you have it on the inside of the your circle, you can now use the slider bar to move it back to the outside, but this time with the text curving around the bottom of the shape.

Moving The Shape Away From The Text In Silhouette Studio

Once again, right click on the text and choose Convert to Path. You can now delete your shape. You may find it easiest to move the shape away from the words before trying to delete so you don’t accidentally delete your text too.

How To Curve Text In Silhouette Studio

Now that we’ve shown you just how easy it is to use Convert to Path, what projects are you planning to make with it? Let us know in the comments below.