Text can be put along an arbitrary path.
To place text on a path, enter the text as a Regular text or Flowed text. Draw the desired path. Select both text and path, then use the → command. The text should now appear along the path. Note that Shapes except for Rectangles are described internally by Inkscape as paths and thus don't require converting to a path.
Both the text and the path can be edited in place. The text should adjust to any changes in the path. The path can be made invisible by selecting only the path, then removing the Stroke paint with the Fill and Stroke dialog. To select an invisible path for editing, select the text and use → → (Shift+D). To remove text from a path, use → .
Parts of the text can be selected and the style, kerning, and so forth can be adjusted as for regular text. Text can also be moved independently of the path by selecting the text only and using the normal means for moving objects.
Text on a path is initially placed on the “left” side of the path (referenced from the path direction) starting at the beginning of the path. One can change the direction of the text (and the side it is placed on) by reversing the direction of the path (e.g., → (Shift+R)). If the text is center justified prior to being put on a path, it will centered along the path.
See the Generate from Path extension for an alternative way of putting text on a path.
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