How to Write Text on a Curved Path Using Adobe InDesign

By Elle Smith

Text is not necessarily always best placed left to right in the normal horizontal reading pattern. Sometimes you want to change it up for the sake of design and create text that follows a wave, a zigzag line or curved path. Adobe InDesign has multiple tools that help you create interesting text that can follow any line or path you want.

Step 1

Open an InDesign document or create a new one. Select "Window," then scroll to "Tools" to open the Toolbox. Click the "Pen" tool, then draw the path for your text.

Step 2

Click and hold the "T" tool in the Toolbox. Scroll down to "Type on a Path Tool." The icon for the normal text tool changes to the path text tool.

Step 3

Place the cursor on the path until you see a small "+" sign appear next to your cursor. Click the path and note the insertion point starts at the beginning of the path you created. Type your text and continue toward the end of the path.

Step 4

Confine your text to another starting point on the path by clicking the spot on the path where you want the the to begin, then drag your cursor to the spot where you want the text to end. Release the mouse. Type your text.

Step 5

Delete the text from the curved path by clicking the "Selection" tool from the Toolbox. Select the path. Choose "Type" from the main menu, then scroll down to "Type on a Path," and then "Delete Type From Path."