Curved text is an awesome way to make designs pop and it’s so easy to do in silhouette. This is a fun technique for any type of design! You can use this technique to create curved shapes and lines using any drawing tools or the freehand tools in Silhouette Studio.
To curve text in Silhouette Studio, first draw a circle or oval. You can do this in the drawing tools or freehand tool panel on the left side of Silhouette Studio. Once you’ve drawn your shape, select the text and click OBJECT>Draw Path or drag the circle to where you want the text to be. The circle will appear around the text and a green box will surround it. Then, double click on the text to edit it.
If you do not have a circle shape, you can still curve text in Silhouette Studio. You can draw a curved line or use one of the Flexi-Shapes to create a wavy path for your words. You can even create a pinwheel by dragging the text over a circle shape.
When you do this, the software will “detect” that you want your text to be curved and it will adjust it accordingly. This is especially useful for text that needs to be on a curved or rounded shape like a heart, star or arrow.
Another cool thing about the curve feature is that it will not only work with circles and ovals, but other line paths as well! For example, if you draw a heart on the drawing tools or a curved line in the Freehand tool panel it will be converted to a path when you convert your text. It’s also possible to make text follow a curve by grabbing the control point for a line and then dragging it near your text.
You can even add an extra space to your curved text to make it look better and more professional! It’s best to do this before converting the text to a path so that it’s not distorted when you convert it.
It is also important to note that this will only work with text that has been typed out and not with images or dingbat fonts. You will need to convert your text to a path if you plan on using it with HTV or other squishy materials.
This step is particularly important if you’re using a squishy material, as it may not cut out correctly. This is especially true if you’re cutting the design from HTV, so you’ll need to make sure your text is converted to a path before you cut!
If you’re unsure about how the curve will affect your text, it is best to experiment with your design. If you have a font that doesn’t work as well on a curved surface, try changing the font to something else and then converting it to a path. This will ensure that the letters are not overlapping and it will prevent the problem from happening in the future.