There are many tools in Cricut Design Space that let you manipulate your designs, including text elements.
If you want to curve text in Cricut Design Space, all you have to do is use the curve tool. You can also use a circle as a template to curve your text.
In this guide, we’ll walk through the step-by-step process of how to use this tool. So, let’s get started right away!
1. Enter the Text
Click the text tool on the left and input the desired text. Choose a suitable font and font style, and if you want, you can modify the letter spacing.
In case you’ll need to curve more than one line of text, it’s important that you input each line in a dedicated text box. Another way to get around this is to use the “Ungroup to Lines” feature to separate the lines.
2. Activate the Curve Tool
Click on the Curve tool and a slider will appear, along with a small input box next to it where you can input the curvature diameter. Drag the slider until the text is curved as desired.
Dragging the slider to the left will cause the text to curve upwards while dragging it to the right will cause the text to curve downwards. Alternatively, you can just enter a number in the text field that specifies a particular curve diameter for your text.
Just keep in mind that there are limitations when it comes to the maximum and minimum diameter value, depending on the size and length of your text. For smaller fonts and shorter lines, smaller diameters may be used.
If you’re trying to curve more than one line of text and want all of them to have the same curvature, input the same diameter number for all of them. You can also curve the text in the opposite direction by simply adding a (-) symbol before the diameter value.
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Curving Text in Cricut Design Space: Tips and Tricks
These are some tips that you should keep in mind when you want to use the Curve tool in Cricut Design Space:
- You can’t use the Curve tool if there’s more than one line in the same text box. They must be ungrouped first
- If you use Design Space for iOS, you may not be able to open the project on your phone or tablet if it contains the curved text. This is because the Curve tool isn’t available in the iOS version of Design Space
- However, for Android devices, projects with curved text should open normally. However, if you try to update the curved elements, they may reset
- Once you curve the required lines of text, you can still edit them, provided that they weren’t flattened or welded. You may change the spacing, the words, or even the font type
- Ungrouping the words in the lines of text into separate letters and regrouping them will prevent you from using the Curve. It’d be better to modify the spacing between the letters after -not before- you’ve curved the text.
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Alternative Method for Curving Texts
If you’re not satisfied with the results of the Curve tool, you can curve text using a circle. It’s a bit trickier, but it gives a different result, which can be better for some users depending on how you want the design to look.
Basically, you’ll use the circle as a template to curve the text with. Here’s how to do it:
- Click on “Shapes” and choose the circle
- Unlock the circle’s size
- Adjust the 4-arrow circle to flatten the circle into an oval shape
- Input the text you want to curve in a new text box and put it on top of the circle
- For the best results, select the word and the oval shape with the mouse pointer, maintaining a horizontal centering between them. This makes sure that the text curves evenly
- Rotate each letter separately across the circle’s perimeter. Start with the first and last letters to maintain an even curvature
- Once you’re rotated all the letters, group them with the grouping tool
- If you want your text to curve upwards instead of downwards, use the inside of the circle to line up the letters
- Delete the circle template after you’re done
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So that was a quick walkthrough of how to use the Curve tool in Cricut Design Space to curve the text in your designs. It’s an easy process and shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to execute.
Alternatively, you can insert a circle and use it as a template to curve the text by rotating the letters individually. This method takes a bit more time and effort, though.