How to Put Text on a Circle in QuarkXPress - dummies

How to Put Text on a Circle in QuarkXPress

By Jay J. Nelson

Text on a circle — that is, text following the outside of a circle or oval — is a common design element in page layouts. This is really easy to do in QuarkXPress, but it’s not at all obvious how. Just follow these steps:

  1. Get the Oval tool from the Tools palette and draw out an oval the size you need on your page, and then hold down the Shift key to draw a perfect circle.
    This creates a “no content” oval or circle.
  2. With the oval selected, choose Item → Content→Text.
    The no-content oval converts to a text box.
  3. Get the Text Content tool from the Tools palette and type your text into the oval.
  4. Click and hold the Bézier Pen tool in the Tools palette to display the array of Pen tools; then slide over to the Scissors tool to select it.
  5. Click the oval at the location where you want the text to start, end, or be centered.
    If the text is left-aligned, click where you want it to start. If the text is right-aligned, then click where you want it to end. If the text is center-aligned, then click where you want the text to be centered.
  6. If the oval (which is now a path) has a frame and you want to remove it, change its color to None in the Measurements palette.
  7. Adjust the position of the text on the path using the Text on a Path controls (shown here).
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The Text on a Path controls in the Text Box tab of the Measurements palette.