How to Make Curved Text or Circular Text

You see it all the time: curved text in designs. It’s in logos, social posts, websites, ads, print— everywhere you look. But guess what? PicMonkey is one of the only design platforms out there with a super easy-to-use curved text tool. That means if you want to put your words into circles and arcs, you’ve got to check out PicMonkey.

How to curve text with PicMonkey

Type text, curve text, adjust text — and you're done!

Here’s how to curve text in PicMonkey — it couldn’t be simpler!

  1. Click the Text tab and click Add text.

  2. Choose your font from the dropdown menu in the Text Tools on the left.

  3. Type your text in the text box.

  4. Click Effects on the Text Tools and check Curved text.

  5. Arc it as much as you want, or make circle text.

You can then choose either a circle or an arc. If you choose an arc, you can adjust its curvature with the slider. 

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  1. Click Elements.

  2. Click a circle to use as your guide, and place it where you want your text to appear.

  3. Click Text.

  4. Select a font.

  5. Select all of the text already in the box and type the first letter of the phrase you want to curve.

  6. Reduce the size of the text box so it’s just a little bigger than the letter.

  7. Rotate your letter so it’s lined up with the outside of your circle and move it into the position you want. Basically, you’re placing letters along the arc of the circle to create the curved effect. Use the arrow keys for fine alignment.

  8. Copy the letter you just aligned and paste it back onto your design.

  9. Replace the letter you just pasted with the next letter in the phrase you’re curving.

  10. Repeat steps 7 through 9 for every letter that you want to curve around the circle.

It’s a laborious process to say the least. It took us more than 10 minutes to do the above design, something that would have taken a fraction of a second with PicMonkey. And if you want to change your text from an arc to a circle, or add or subtract letters, you have to redo the whole process. That’s why we recommend you don’t even try it. If you want curved text, do yourself a favor and go to PicMonkey.


How to curve text with PicMonkey mobile

Curving text on our mobile app is just as easy as it is on desktop. Check this out:

  1. Tap the Text option from the bottom toolbar and type your message.

  2. Tap Done.

  3. Tap Curve and use the slider to adjust the curve of your arc.


Customize your curved text with shadows, outlines, or spacing

Once you’ve curved your text, there are lots of ways to customize it to create unique looks and exciting effects. 

  • Add a drop shadow or outline using the Text Tools tab on the left.

  • To create a logo with text in a circle, where the bottom part of the text isn’t upside down, just use two arcs on top of each other (see above).

  • Use the handles on the sides of the text box to stretch out or scrunch up your arched text or resize the diameter of your circled text.

  • Add spaces between your letters to play with the kerning of your text.

  • Try Animate (Pro subscribers only) or Fill with image.

  • Use the Erase tool in the Text Tools tab to create cool overlapping effects with words and images.

  • Combine two or more arcs curving in different directions to create a wavy look. Experiment with the rotation handle to increase the waviness.

Templates with curved text

PicMonkey has a vast array of templates that use our curved text tool to produce beautiful imagery and graphics. Take a look at these samples or explore our entire collection to find a template that fits your needs.

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Our logo templates are a perfect match with curved text. Check out the premade logo designs in the template library and choose one to customize to your own needs.

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Learn more: Make a Circle Logo with Our Curved Text Tool

Make curved text for free with a PicMonkey trial subscription.

This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.