How to Curve Text in Figma

To be able to curve the text layer in Figma, you will need to install the ARC plugin. Select the text layer you want to curve and click the “Resources” button at the top menu. Next, select the Plugin tab and type ARC in the search bar. Once you find the “ARC – Bend your type” plugin, click the on “Run” button to install it.

My name is Yana, and I have been using Figma extensively for the past year. As a web editor, I’ve developed my skills using various Figma text editing tools to create visual content for different projects.

In this article, I will share my experience and provide some insights on how to curve text in Figma.

Key Takeaways

  • Figma doesn’t have the option to curve text, so you need to install a third-party plugin to do so.
  • You can open the plugin library by finding the Resources button on the top menu toolbar or using the Shift + I keyboard shortcut.
  • When using the ARC plugin to add a curve effect, you won’t be able to go back and change the curve angle once the effect has been applied.

Curving Text in Figma in 3 Steps

Even though Figma provides you with many text editing options, adding curves to text is not one of them. That’s why to round, curve, or wave your text, you need to install the free ARC plugin. Follow the steps below to do this.

1. Add a Text Layer

First, add some text to your design file. Simply press the T key or select the Text button from the toolbar at the top of the screen and then write your text.

2. Install the ARC Plugin

Next, you need to install the ARC plugin from the Figma Community which will help you to create a curve effect. 

You can find the Plugins library by clicking the Resources button on the top menu or pressing Shift + I on your keyboard. From the Plugins tab, type in “ARC” in the search bar. Once you find the “ARC – Bend your type” plugin, click the Run button to add it to your Figma. 

Another way you can open the Plugin library is by right clicking the text layer. In the dropdown menu, select the Plugins tab and click the Find more plugins button.

3. Apply the Effect

Applying the curve effect is where the fun part begins!

You can add a bend effect and adjust the bend strength. If you make it 100%, the text line will be round or keep it at 20% for a slight curve. 

When you achieve your desired results, click on the Apply button to save the text effect. The curved version will be saved as a copy of a text layer.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to add a curve effect to the text layer that is already curved. If you need to adjust the curve, run the ARC plugin on the original text layer. However, you can still change the size and color, or add some effects to your text.

Final Thoughts

In Figma, curved text can add a touch of creativity and visual interest to your design project. Whether you’re working on graphic design, creating a logo, or designing an eye-catching ad banner, curved text can make a significant impact.

You can add this effect with the help of the ARC plugin or by using alternatives, such as Circular Text or Text Wrap. Give it a try and see how it can enhance your project.

Have you ever had any problems trying to curve text in Figma? Share your experience in the comment section below.

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