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How to warp text into the shape of an object in Inkscape

Posted on 11th December 2016
Ensure that your file has been downloaded and unzipped to use.

1- Open a new file in Inkscape.



 

2-  View > Custom > Zoom 1:1.


 

3- Open the Align and Distribute palette.


 

4- Open Edit colour gradient/stroke/fill palette.


 

5- Insert the shape you would like to use to create your warped text. Select OK when the pop up box appears.


 

6- Make sure you are working on only one layer.


 

7-  Write the text you want to warp into the shape. When writing the text make sure it is all in caps to keep it consistent in size.


 

8- From the drop down box select your font. for this technique a thick blocky font is best.


 

9- Select the shape and change the opacity to approx 50% so we can see when we adjust the text.


 

10- Select your text and then in the top toolbar select Path > object to path.


 

11- With the text still selected go to Path > Path effects editor.


 

12-  in the right palette select the + sign to apply a new effect (1). Then in the pop up window select Envelope deformation. Click Add.


 

13-  Hold Shift + click on the shape.


 

14- Select align to right in the align palette. Deselect everything.


 

15- Click on the text and drag the text to fit the shape.


 

16-  Turn off Enable left and right paths.

 


 

17- Select the top bend path icon in the right palette. (1). A green line will appear on your text.

Adjust the line to warp your text to fit your shape.

Repeat this with the bottom bend path (2).


 

18-  When you are happy with the warp you need to keep it in the shape. While the text is still selected select Path > object to path. This will lock the text in place so inkscape does not recognize the previous text we used.


19- Save the file.


Fonts are from fontbundles.net and the file is called Luducudu font.

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