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How do you make text follow a curve, for example wrapping text around a circle? I've found a video that shows creating an ellipse shape, then clicking on it with the Artistic Test tool, but that doesn't seem to work in the desktop version of Affinity Photo.

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You can’t create text on a path in Affinity Photo, but you can edit the text or the path in an object created in Affinity Designer.

 


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1 hour ago, Alfred said:

You can’t create text on a path in Affinity Photo, but you can edit the text or the path in an object created in Affinity Designer.

Thanks, that'll be good to know if I ever get Affinity Designer.

What about the Rectangular to Polar filter, seems like that should do the trick, but it just turns the text upside down and tilts it.

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47 minutes ago, John-B said:

Thanks, that'll be good to know if I ever get Affinity Designer.

You don’t need Affinity Designer! Just open @dutchshader’s file in Affinity Photo and copy objects from it.

47 minutes ago, John-B said:

What about the Rectangular to Polar filter, seems like that should do the trick, but it just turns the text upside down and tilts it.

It’s a long time since I last played with a Rectangular to Polar filter, but I seem to remember that you don’t get much control beyond setting the shape of the canvas or selection (square for a circular arc) and placing the text to determine how tilted it becomes.


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If you have a well-defined curve such as part of a circle or a sine wave, then you can do it using Equations (Filters > Distort > Equations).

I have produced some macros for doing this.  If you can tell me exactly what you want, I can point you to something useful. Try this for starters:

 

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