How Do I Get My Text to Arc?

By Foye Robinson

Arched text often is used on fliers, brochures and banners. You can arc text upward, downward or in a wavy fashion by using a word processing or graphics program such as Word, Publisher, Photoshop or Fireworks. In Word and Publisher, the text is created from WordArt -- a combination of text and graphics. In Fireworks, the text is added to a path in the curve shape that you select.

Word or Publisher

Step 1

In Word or Publisher, place your cursor where you want the text to go.

Step 2

Select the "Insert" tab and choose "WordArt" from the "Text" group in the ribbon.

Step 3

Click your desired arc style from the WordArt gallery. The "Edit WordArt Text" dialog box will open.

Step 4

Type your text into the text box and click "OK." The arched text will appear.

Photoshop

Step 1

In Photoshop, select the "Text" tool. Go to the canvas and click where you want the text to go.

Step 2

Type your text and select the "Create Warp Text" button from the toolbar. The "Warp Text" dialog box will open.

Step 3

Select "Arc" from the "Style" drop-down list, set a "Bend" value and click "OK." The arched text will appear.

Fireworks

Step 1

In Fireworks, select the "Text Tool" from the tools palette. Click where you want the text to go on the canvas and type your text.

Step 2

Select the "Pen Tools" from the tools palette. Click and drag your mouse over your canvas to create an arc.

Step 3

Click the text on your canvas to select it. Hold the "Shift" key and click on the curve to select it as well. Both objects should be selected.

Step 4

Select "Text" and "Attach to Path" from the menu. The text will attach to the curve to form an arc.