How to Curve Text in Google Slides

how to curve text in google slides

Hey, presentation wizards! It’s Slides IQ, your guide to making those slides pop. Today, we’re tackling a design challenge: curving text in Google Slides. While the native app doesn’t offer this feature directly, fret not! We’ll explore clever workarounds to achieve eye-catching, curved text magic. Buckle up, because we’re about to bend the rules (and some text)!

How to Curve Text in Google Slides: Let’s start

Why go through the extra effort? Curved text adds dynamism and personality to your slides. It grabs attention, guides the eye, and can even create a sense of motion. Imagine a swirling quote, a circular title, or a wave of text following an image — possibilities abound!

Method 1: The PowerPoint Partnership:

Yes, you read that right. Our first method involves a friendly collaboration with our Microsoft counterpart, PowerPoint. Here’s the drill:

Create the Curve in PowerPoint: Open your desired slide in PowerPoint. Go to “Insert” -> “Text Box” and type your text. Click “Shape Format” -> “Text Effects” -> “Transform” -> “Follow Path.” Choose your curve style (arc, circle, wave, etc.).

Copy and Paste the Magic: Select the curved text box and right-click “Copy.” Open your Google Slides presentation and paste onto the desired slide. Adjust size and position as needed.

Method 2: The Drawing Detective:

Feeling more hands-on? This method utilizes the drawing tools in Google Slides:

Craft the Curve: Go to “Insert” -> “Drawing.” Select the “Line” tool and draw your desired curve path. Ensure it’s closed (ends meet) for text to follow.

Text on the Track: Click “Text Box” and type your text. Drag the text box over the path so the text follows its shape. Right-click the text box, select “Format Options,” and under “Wrap text,” choose “Follow path of the shape.”

Fine-Tuning the Curve: Select the path to edit its shape. Play with the handles to adjust the curve. Double-click the text box to edit and format your text.

Method 3: The Add-on Ace:

Love plugins? Consider using free add-ons like “Curved Text” or “Shape Bender.” These offer dedicated interfaces for creating curved text with various customizations. Remember to grant necessary permissions and follow the specific instructions of each add-on.

Pro Tips for Curved Text Mastery:

Mind the Font: Choose a clear, readable font that holds up well when curved. Avoid overly decorative fonts that might become illegible.

Color Harmony: Use colors that complement the curve’s shape and the overall slide design. Avoid clashing tones that distract from the message.

Balance is Key: Don’t overdo it! Use curved text sparingly for impact, maintaining visual hierarchy and clarity in your presentation.

Test and Refine: Preview your slides on different devices and adjust the curves as needed. Ensure they render correctly and remain appealing across platforms.
Bonus Round: Experimentation!

Don’t be afraid to play! Combine methods, explore different curve styles, and use text formatting options to personalize your curved text creations. Remember, the goal is to enhance your presentation, not overwhelm your audience with visual gymnastics.

With these methods and tips, you’re well on your way to bending the text (and minds) in your next Google Slides presentation. So go forth, unleash your creativity, and remember: slide style matters!