Stay Ahead of the Curve with Our Curved Text Tool

Stay Ahead of the Curve with Our Curved Text Tool
August 17, 2018 Molly Shapiro

You asked for it, PicMonkeyers, and now you’ve got it. We’re totally stoked that we can now give you the supernatural power to curve your text. Not since Keanu Reeves was mesmerized by a bendy spoon in “The Matrix” has curvature caused so much buzz.

Why all the fuss? Because now you’ll have the power to flex your text into all sorts of contortions. That means attention-grabbing social posts, more effective ads, super compelling logos—the curved sky’s the limit.


How to curve text with PicMonkey on the desktop:

Curve text on the desktop.

  1. Open an image or a blank canvas in the PicMonkey editor.
  2. Go to the Text tab (the Tt icon) on the left-hand side.
  3. Click the Add text button, then type your text into the text box.
  4. Click Effects on the Text palette. Click the check box next to Curved text.
  5. Choose a shape from the drop-down list; Arc or Circle.
  6. If you choose Arc, you can adjust the degree of arc with the Curvature slider.
  7. To add some depth, click the check box next to Drop Shadow.

How to curve text with the PicMonkey mobile app:

Curve text in PicMonkey Mobile.

  1. Open an image or a blank canvas in the PicMonkey app.
  2. Tap the Text option from the bottom toolbar and type your message.
  3. Tap Curve and use the slider to adjust the curve of your arc.
  4. To add a drop shadow, tap Style and then choose the drop shadow icon to the right of the justification options.


The psychology of circles

Create circles with text.

According to a study in Psychological Science, people prefer curved objects to straight ones. Whether it’s the face of a watch, a couch, or a dental floss container, people consistently say the curvy one is more beautiful than the squared one. In fact, pleasure from curves is wired into our brains. When looking at a curved design, people had more activity in their anterior cingulate cortex, where emotion occurs. Looking at sharp angles activates the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes fear.

We can’t guarantee that all of your prospective wedding guests will come to your big event if you use the Saving the Circle to create your save-the-date card. But the curved text bringing Becky and Johny together will make it hard for guests to resist.

Throw ’em a curve

Curve text around designs.

Why is the curveball so effective at striking out batters? Because it’s unexpected. Same with curved text. We expect words to be in straight rows because that’s what we know from books and other printed materials. Curved text is unpredictable. It challenges norms, shakes things up—it’s downright revolutionary!

The Wave of Love template uses curved text to create a unique wedding invitation that defies convention. The names of the bride and groom make a pleasing wave that shoots out from the circle in the middle and frames the burst of flowers. The details of the event are placed in various corners of the design rather than in a single spot. The big takeaway? This is going to be a free-flowing, fun, fabulous wedding!

Found in nature

Curves mirror shapes in nature.

The natural world—from the human body to flora and fauna to hills and valleys—is mostly made of curves. So adding undulating text to your design will give it a more organic, graceful feel. In this image, the calm held by the natural mountains and water is reflected in the curvature of the logo and its circular text. The point of the mountain offers a sharp contrast that grabs attention and tells the reader where to look.

The comfort of curves

Curves imply comfort.

Curved words are like a warm embrace. Think about it: You don’t hug with your arms straight, you do it with rounded arms. The arched text at the top and the bottom of this design creates the sense that the adorable child is being cradled in the loving arms of his family. The curvature of the text mimics the curves of the child’s head, doubling down on the cozy, soft, comforting feel of the design. You can use our New to the World template as a baby announcement, or switch it up and make a party invitation, save-the-date card, or anything else.

Circles upon circles

Create concentric circles.

Don’t feel constrained when making your circles and half circles. It’s easy to size and position your text boxes to create concentric concoctions. Get help lining up your design with the alignment and grids tool so they fit just right. Or use the Poppin’ Circles template, with its overlapping letters and rotating rings, makes you feel like you’re on a dizzying amusement park ride. Woo-hoo!


Wondering where to start using  curved text? Why not use it to make phone wallpaper that inspires you throughout the day?  

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Molly Shapiro
Before joining the PicMonkey editorial team as a senior writer, Molly wrote about topics as varied as politics, finance, global health, and online dating. As a fiction writer, she’s published two books, both available on Amazon through totally non-sketchy retailers. A midwestern transplant who now calls Seattle home, Molly firmly believes that the Space Needle is way cooler than the Eiffel Tower.