23 Ways to use curved text to create pro level DIY designs - Easil

23 Ways to use curved text to create pro level DIY designs

Want to transform the typography in your graphic design from standard, to stand-out? Adding a curved text effect, whether it’s applied as a full circle, or set in a partial-circle, is a simple way to achieve visual awesomeness in less than a minute!

In this article, Easil’s creative team has created TWENTY-THREE examples of cool curved text designs and also takes you a-round the steps of how you can create everything from arches through to squircles and spirals, all without any graphic design experience required.

So let’s dive in, and introduce you to this curvaceous effect that will change the way you design – for the better!

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

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HOW TO USE THE CURVED TEXT TOOL IN EASIL

Firstly, ensure that you have an account with Easil. You can sign up for a free account, and we’ll upgrade you to our Plus plan for the first 30 days on us! Even after your trial is complete, you’ll enjoy this feature included in your Easil account, even if you drop back to our Basic option.

Curved text can be applied to any standard text added to your Easil design. Go to the right sidebar in the editor, and click on the ‘Click or drag to add text’ button at the top. If you have uploaded your own fonts, they’re also displayed in this area, and you can click to add those instead!

Then, typeset your text, and click on the Curve Text icon in the top Actionbar, and use the slider to adjust:

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

Some pointers to keep in mind:

  • Drag the slider to the right to complete a circle of text with the text facing the ‘outside’ of the circle.
  • Slide to the opposite end – the left, or negative degrees – to curve your text inwards of the circle.
  • You can use ‘Letter Spacing’ in the top Actionbar to add space between letters evenly in your circle or arc of text.
  • If your letters are too large on your circle, try adding more text, more letter spacing, or both!
  • All upper case lettering is the safest choice for a perfectly symmetrical design when creating a full-text circle.

In each of the following examples, we walk through how to recreate the curves that the Easil DesignAssist team have come up with. However, you can also click on the image posted with each of the options and start editing the design for yourself!

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

1. CURVE YOUR TEXT AROUND TO CREATE A FULL CIRCLE SHAPE

Fitting your text around a circle shape is one of the most popular ways to use the curved text tool. In this method, the text at the top is upright, and as the text curves around the circle, it turns upside down at the bottom.

To achieve this look in Easil, typeset your text in a text box, and then click on the curved text icon in the top Actionbar, and adjust the slider to the right to 350-359 degrees. That’s it! Once your text is set to the circle, you can update the color, font, opacity, and even edit the text within the circle – adding more or fewer characters is no issue!

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

DIY Curved text - create a full circle effect
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Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

2. CREATE AN ARC OF CURVED TEXT AS A SUB-HEADING

Create a subliminal smile in your graphics by adjusting your text to form an arc turning up at the ends and sitting underneath your main text. To replicate this effect, click on the Curved text tool once you’ve added your text, and move the slider to the left, ’til it’s just under a semi-circle.

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

DIY Curved text - use it as a subheading
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Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

3. LOOP YOUR TEXT AROUND A GRAPHIC ICON

Try combining two semi-circles of text to create a wave-like text graphic. In our example, we’ve combined the text with an outlined icon and sent the ‘and followers’ arc of text behind the heart icon to create the illusion of it looping through.

Ensure the angle you use in both sections is the direct opposite to produce the perfectly even wave effect. You may need to play with the font size by enlarging or reducing the font to match the other half. You can do this by clicking on a corner of the curved text box and dragging it inwards or outwards to reduce/enlarge.

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

Loop your curved text around a graphic icon (heart example)
Click on the image to edit the template in Easil

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

4. WRAP YOUR TEXT AROUND A CIRCULAR IMAGE

Unite a circle or semi-circle image with text by matching the curve on both design elements. In our example, we curved our text to 180 degrees and added some letter spacing. Our photo was a top view Poke bowl that we removed the background from, cropped in half, and rotated for a creative look. To finalize, we adjusted the rotation of the text to match the side of the bowl.

Click on the image below to inspect how we put it all together in Easil!

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

Wrap your text around a circular image (semi circle text)
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Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

5. ANIMATE YOUR CIRCULAR TEXT IN A GIF

Spin your text around and round, with this effect that will take you less than a couple of minutes to achieve.

  1. Typeset your text in a regular text box.
  2. Click on the Curved Text option in the top Actionbar, and enter 359 degrees to form a complete circle with your text.
  3. Once you’ve positioned your text and any other elements on the page – you’re ready to create the animation!
  4. Duplicate your page 4 times, for a total of 5 identical pages in your Easil document.
  5. Scroll to the 2nd page, click on the rounded text, and then the rotate slider. Enter 73 rotation.
  6. Move to page 3, and change the rotation on the text to 146.
  7. On page 4, change to 219, and on the final (5th page), change to 292.
  8. This will provide 5 quick animated steps of the circle.
  9. Select GIF in the download options and Medium-speed.

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

Create a circle text GIF (curved text rotating on GIF)
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Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil

6. CREATE A YIN AND YANG EFFECT WITH OPPOSITE COLORS IN TEXT & GRAPHIC

A split colored circle looks effective for graphics but can also be used as a simple logo for an event, as we have in our example. Make your own version of this by searching for ‘Two-Part Circle’ in the graphics library.

Once you’ve added it to your design, adjust the colors to two that have high contrast. Add a text box, apply your curve to the text, and then duplicate on the bottom section by creating the opposite curve degree. Update the font’s color to contrast with that section of the circle, and your yin & yang effect is complete!

Memorial Day (US)

A day for honoring people who have died serving in the military. This is a US based holiday commemorated around the country. It’s one of the first holiday weekends of the summer so it’s celebrated with BBQs, days spent by lakes and Veteran parades.

Hashtags to use #MemorialDay #MDW

Click here to edit the template in Easil