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Arcing Text in CorelDraw Part 1 Pre X3

Arcing Text in CorelDraw
Help File – http://www.engrave.ca/files/ArcEngravingv9.cdr
Although most commands are fairly intuitive in CorelDraw there are some such as arcing text that, for a lot of people, tend to create a questions as to how it is done.

Create our Circle and Text

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Arcing text in CorelDraw is easy once you know the couple of commands control how text is arced.
1. First create a circle and two lines of text as per Figure 1

Select the Text and Circle

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Arcing text in CorelDraw is easy once you know the couple of commands control how text is arced.
1. First create a circle and two lines of text as per Figure 1

Select Fit Text to Path

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Next go to TEXT|FIT TEXT TO PATH. See figure 3.

Your Text is on the Circle

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Your text will look like Figure 4.

The Arc Property Bar

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While your text is selected you will notice that your property bar is showing a new set of tools. Figure 5 shows the tool bar that is active.

Vertical LIne Placement

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Figure 6 shows the Vertical Placement. This allows us to adjust the vertical alignment of the text relative to the path.

Text Distance From Path

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Figure 7 shows the “Distance from the Path” command. This command allows us to move our text either closer to the circle or farther away.

Text Horizontal Offset

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Shows the “Horizontal Offset” command. This command allows us to move the text “around” the circle.

Place text on the Other Side (downward arc)

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The last command on the property bar is the “place on the other side” command. Figure 9 shows the command as it affected the text.
Once you have the text on the arc you can manipulate it as you wish by selecting one of the commands that are available on the property bar.

Making Text Arc Upwards

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The most asked question with arcing text is to get the text to be right side up on the bottom of the circle.
The best way is to just draw a circle and one line of text. Select both images and fit them to a path. Next go to the “Text Placement” and select the bottom arc – see Figure 10.
Now we need to get the text to arc upwards. To do this we click on the “Place text on the other side” as per Figure 9. Your text will now arc upwards.

Creating Two Lines of Arc Text (CorelDraw 10 and 11)

Creating Two Lines of Arc Text (CorelDraw 10 and 11)
15. For a lot of jobs you will want text to arc at the top of the circle as well as the text arcing upwards at the bottom of the arc. This will be similar to the previous example with a few extra steps.
16. Create two lines of text and a circle.
17. Select the line that you want to go at the bottom and the circle. Click on “fit text to path”.
18. Next position your text on the arc through the use of the property bar. Place it on the bottom of the circle and “place it on the other side”
19. Now select the second line of text that will be on the top of the circle. Now holding down the “shift” key click on the circle. Now go to “fit text to path”. The second line of the text will go to the top of the circle. Adjust the text to fit as per the property bar.
Note: Okay you deselected the text and you want to change the text placement. When you have two lines arcing on the same circle than the only way to select text and get the arcing tools on the property bar is to select the text (you can press the “tab” key to toggle through the text and objects in your document). You will notice that when you select the text you will get an orange diamond beside the text – this is known as a glyph node. Take your cursor and click on the orange diamond. This will select the text and activate the arcing property bar. See Figure 11.

Creating Two Lines of Arc Text (CorelDraw 9)
21. Okay you have Corel 9 and you wonder if you should do the same thing. The answer is almost. Create a circle and the two lines of text. Select the circle and the bottom line of text. Go to “fit text to path”. Manipulate the text as you want.
22. Now select the circle. Now holding down the CTRL key press the “c” key. This copies a copy of the circle to the clipboard.
23. Now holding down the CTRL key press the “v” key. This creates a copy of the circle on top of the other circle. Now with this circle still selected hold down the SHIFT key and click on the second line of text.
24. Click on “fit text to path”. Manipulate the text on the arc as you want. If you want to change something later on just click on the line of text that you want to change.
NOTE: If you are going to sublimate this text than select the circle and make them white. If you are going to laser engrave the text than either make the circle line .003 or bigger or right click on the “X” in the colour palette to drop the line. I typically do not delete the line because invariably you will want to change something about the arc and if you delete the line you will lose the ability. Also I have found that if you delete the line your arc can screw up if you re open the job.

Some Other Commands

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There are some little extras available to you with the arcing text. Although I have shown you that you need to select the circle and or the text you can also create text on the circle by selecting your text tool and going over and click on your circle. Once you are close to the circle your cursor turns into a text cursor along with an AB that is attached to the cursor – see figure 12

Start Typing

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Now click on the circle and start typing. Figure 13 shows the resulting text. You will notice a cursor in that is highlighted in blue. Once you are done select your pick tool. With the text selected you can now move the text as per the commands on the property bar.

Drag to the Inside

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Okay. You created the circle but it is either to big or it is too small. What can you do? You could use the offset command on the property bar, however CorelDraw gives you a quicker way. Select the text (to select it press the “tab” key which toggles through each of the objects) and holding down the left mouse button you can drag the image in or out – see Figure 14

We Have Decreased the Diameter

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Figure 15 shows the resulting dragged text.
* Make sure that you drag from the “middle” of the line. If you do not than the text will shift along the line and not be at the top of the circle. If you are running Version 11 save your job before you do these steps as the undo does not undo what you have done

Two Lines on The Circle

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Figure 16 shows two arc lines that have been moved in onto each other using the above command.

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