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You can make some very interesting effects by putting type on a curved path. But it can be pretty hard to get that type perfectly centered on the curve if you try the usual method of dragging the brackets at the center or ends of the type. Instead, try this method:

1. Draw an ellipse that has the curve you want the type to sit on.

2. Click anywhere on the ellipse with the Type on a Path tool.

3. Use the Direct Selection tool to select just the bottom anchor point of the ellipse.

4. Press Delete to remove that anchor point. Now you have an open, curved path instead of an ellipse.

5. Use the Paragraph controls in the Control panel to center align the text on the curve.

6. Then and add the text.

Also, be sure to adjust the kerning as needed to get the best-looking type.

Mike Rankin

Mike Rankin

Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and Author of LinkedIn Learning courses on InDesign, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, and Adobe Dimension.
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