How to Curve Text in Canva

Whether it’s logos or social media graphics, adding curved text to your design improves its overall look, helping it stand out from the sea of designs on social media. This feature in Canva comes in handy, especially when looking for a quick and fun way to present text in your design. This guide shows you how to curve text in Canva on computer or using the mobile app.

Curve text in Canva on computer

  1. Open Canva in your web browser, and sign in to your account.
  2. From the home screen, select the template you wish to use. I selected Facebook post for this example. You can also choose to edit one of your existing designs.

    Sign in to Canva
    Sign in to your Canva account
  3. Click on Text in the left menu bar and customize the text block that appears. In this example, I typed “How to Curve Text”.

    Select Text from the toolbar to add text to the design
    Select Text from the toolbar to add text to the design
  4. Select the text you want to curve and click on Effects on the top toolbar. This will open a pop-up effects menu with different styles and shapes that you can apply to your selected text.Here, go to the “Shape” section and select Curve. This instantly applies a semi-circle curve effect to your text.

    Click on Effects on the toolbar above and select Curve
    Click on Effects on the toolbar above and select Curve
  5. You can use the Curve slider at the bottom of the left panel to adjust the curvature. Moving the slider to the right will make it more circular, while sliding it to the left will turn the curve downwards. You can manually enter a curve value into the box next to the curve slider.

    Adjust the curvature of text
    Adjust the curvature of the text using the slider

How to curve text in Canva on iPhone or Android

If you’re trying to curve text on the Canva app, there are a few extra considerations to remember. In this section, I’ll show you how to use the Canva app to create the design below.

How to curve text
An example of designing curved text on Canva
  1. Launch the Canva app on your phone.

    Sign in to Canva and select template
    Sign in to Canva and select template
  2. Tap on a recent design or a blank template to create a customized design. For this example, I’ve chosen an Instagram post template.
  3. On the bottom-left corner, you’ll find a purple plus icon. Tap on it to add text to your design.

    Tap on the plus icon to find more options
    Tap on the plus icon to find more options
  4. Tap on Add a heading to type custom text to which you can apply the curve effect.I have created a title for this design reading “How to curve text”. You can also create multiple text blocks by tapping on the plus icon to add new text.

    Tap on add Text from the bottom toolbar
    Tap on add Text from the bottom toolbar
  5. Next, select the text you wish to curve and click Effects in the bottom toolbar.

    Select the text you want to curve in Canva and Tap on Effects
    Select the text you wish to curve in Canva and Tap on “Effects”.
  6. From here, you can tap on Shape, which will show two options: None (to maintain the current shape of the selected text) and Curve (the option that you need to choose to curve the text).

    Tap on the Shape option for curving text
    Tap on Shape and choose the Curve option
  7. Tapping on Curve will automatically alter the plain text into a semi-circle format. To adjust the curvature of the text, drag the slider on the adjustment panel until you get the curvature you want.

    Adjust the curvature by increasing or descreasing its value
    Adjust the curvature by increasing or decreasing its value

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