Text on a Circle in QuarkXPress

Believe it or not, it’s really easy to set type around the outside of a circle or oval in QuarkXPress:

  1. Use any tool to create a circular object.
  2. Change its content type to “text”. (Item> Content> Text)
  3. Change its shape type to “line”. (Item> Shape> Freehand line)
  4. Get the Text tool and type your text on the new path.

To control the starting point of the text, you can use the usual text formatting techniques such as left indent, tabs or spaces, or use the Scissors tool to cut the outline of the circle. (You’ll find it nested with the Pen tool.) Wherever you cut the path, the text will begin.

If you’re using QuarkXPress 7 and above, be sure to check out the Text On A Path controls in the Measurements palette. There, you can make the text align to the path in all kinds of weird ways, flip it to the other side of the path (good for running text INSIDE the path), and adjust the width of the stroke on the path.

By the way, these techniques also work on paths of any kind. Just create a path with the Pen tool or Freehand drawing tool, and use steps 2 and 4 above.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

5 thoughts on “Text on a Circle in QuarkXPress

  1. tom bentkowski

    I have Quark 7.5 and I need to set type inside and outside of a circle.
    Where do I find Text On A Path?

  2. Hi Tom.
    Just use the technique outlined above and you’ll get what you need. There isn’t a “Text On A Path” tool — just the normal Text tool. When you click on a path with the Text tool active, you can just start typing. Notice the Measurements palette: the Text Path tab will give you the controls you need.
    I hope this is helpful…

  3. tom bentkowski

    I still can’t figure out how to get the text on the inside of the circle so it’s smile-shaped. Sorry to be so slow to understand this.

  4. Tom: one way is to cut the circle at the left and right anchor points. Your text will then begin at the left anchor point. If you center the text, it will appear at the bottom of the circle. Then you can use the controls in the Measurements palette to make the text align to the path at the height you need (top/center/bottom).

  5. tom bentkowski

    Thanks, this was an instructive and productive day.

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