Placing Text on a Circular Path

Placing text on a circular path is a very easy task in Fireworks 8.

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Select the ellipse tool:

Ellipse Tool

Set the fill to none and stroke to size of 1 and choose a light gray color on the properties palette. The color does not matter on the stroke. We are just using it as a guide:

Ellipse Settings for Text on a Circular Path

Draw out the ellipse on the canvas. If you want a perfect circle hold down the shift key while you drag out your circle. You should have a circle that looks similar to the picture below:

Drawn out Ellipse

With the ellipse still selected (it appears outlined in blue as shown above), click the knife tool Knife Tool and while holding down the Shift key drag over the two center nodes of the circle.

Click on the Selection Tool Selection Tool and click on the top part of the circle and separate the top circle from the bottom of the circle.

Click on the Text Tool Text Tool and click on the canvas to type out the text you want to appear on the top of the ellipse. Set the font and size to your liking. I typed Fun With.

Select both the text and the top half of the ellipse by holding down the Shift key. They both should be blue as shown below:

Top Text on Circular Path

Select Text > Attach to Path:

Attach Text to Path

Your Text should now appear on the top of the ellipse. Make sure center alignment Center Alignment is selected from the properties palette. Also on the properties palette is the horizontal alignment Horizontal Alignment which will stretch your text wider on the top of the ellipse. I set my alignment up to 167%.

Text on Top of Circular Path

Now we are going to repeat the steps by typing out text some text. Next you will choose the text and the bottom of the ellipse while holding down the shift key. Attach the text to path and play around the alignment options available on the properties palette. You should have something that resembles the picture below:

Backward Text

Notice the text is backward. No problem. Simply select Text > Reverse Direction:

Text Reverse Direction'

Your text should appear reversed as shown below:

Text Reversed

Notice the text appears above the circle instead of under it. I can use the subselection tool Subselection Tool

to move the text out just a little bit so that is appears to line up with the top text:


Now we want to get rid of the ellipse itself. Click on the top of the ellipse and Text > Convert to Path:

Text Convert to Path

Convert the bottom Text to Paths following the same steps. Now you can still edit the text once you have converted it to path by using the subselection tool. You can stretch out your letters or even reshape the path. Below is an example of using the subselection tool to stretch out certain letters:

Fun with Fireworks

Now the text has a more interesting look.

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