How to Curve Text in InDesign

In this handy guide, we've shared how to curve text in InDesign, so you can create some custom design elements for magazines, posters, infographics, and more. 

How to Curve Text in InDesign
1. First, launch your current InDesign project and choose a section of text that you'd like to arch. To do this, you'll need to create a path. In the Tools panel, click and hold down your mouse over the Rectangular Shape tool to bring up a submenu, and then click on the Ellipse tool. 

2. Now, click and drag on your project to draw an ellipsis, or hold down the Shift key while dragging to create a perfect circle. We'll be using this shape as our path, so that the text can follow along the curve. 

3. Go back to the Tools panel and choose the Type tool (it looks like a T). Then, move your cursor so it's just outside of the newly drawn shape, and when you see a plus sign appear next to the cursor, click the mouse button. You should now be able to type along the shape's path. If you've already typed something out, you can copy and paste the text into your new path with the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V. 

4. When you start typing along a circular path, the text will actually curve around the circle. If you're not happy with the text's start and end points, choose the Selection tool from the Tools panel (it looks like a black arrow), and then click on the shape to select it. You should see a box appear around the shape. Now, click and drag on one of the box's corners to rotate your shape in either direction, and your text will rotate along with it. 

How to Curve Text in Both Directions
1. Using the same circular shape as a guide, you can also create multiple lines of text that go in different directions. First, click on your shape with the Selection tool, and you'll see a tiny blue dot in the center of the selection box. 

2. Now, go back to the Tools panel and select the Ellipse tool again. From the center point of your original circle, Shift+click and drag outwards to create a second circle. It can be larger or smaller than your original shape, depending on where you need the second line of text to go. 

3. Finally, select the Type tool and click anywhere on your second circle to start typing. To reorient your text so that it follows the inside of your shape (rather than the outside), highlight the words and right-click to bring up a submenu. Choose "Type on a Path Options", and then in the following dialog box, enable the "Flip" option. 

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