Get Ahead of the Curve with Our Curved Text Tool

Get Ahead of the Curve with Our Curved Text Tool
May 16, 2017 Molly Shapiro

You asked for it, PicMonkeyers, and now you’ve got it. We’re totally stoked that we can now give you the supernatural power to curve your text. Not since Keanu Reeves was mesmerized by a bendy spoon in “The Matrix” has curvature caused so much buzz.

Why all the fuss? Because now you’ll have the power to flex your text into all sorts of contortions. That means funner social posts, more effective ads, super compelling logos—the curved sky’s the limit.


Here’s how to get curved text in PicMonkey:

  1. Open an image or a blank canvas in the PicMonkey Editor.
  2. Go to the Text tab (the Tt icon) on the left-hand side.
  3. Click the Add text button, then type your text into the text box.
  4. Click Effects on the Text palette. Click the Curve button.
  5. From the Shape drop-down list, select Arc or Circle.
  6. If you choose Arc, you can adjust the degree of arc with the Curvature slider.
  7. To add Drop Shadow, click the Style button, then choose from the Type drop-down menu.

Learning curves


Sometimes, a design calls out—screams!—for curved text. Take this doughnut, for example. Wrapping your text around the doughnut allows you to create a more unified design. The words echo the visuals, and vice versa. Take a look at our gif and see just how easy it is to put curved text in your designs.

The psychology of circles

A save-the-date card with curved text will help you secure more guests for your big day.

According to a study in Psychological Science, people prefer curved objects to straight ones. Whether it’s the face of a watch, a couch, or a dental floss container, people consistently say the curvy one is more beautiful than the squared one. In fact, pleasure from curves is wired into our brains. When looking at a curved design, people had more activity in their anterior cingulate cortex, where emotion occurs. Looking at sharp angles activates the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes fear.

We can’t guarantee that all of your prospective wedding guests will come to your big event if you use the Oval Elegance template to create your save-the-date card. But the combination of bowed text, the maroon circle in the center, and the rounded puff of flowers in the background will make it hard for anyone to resist.

Throw ’em a curve

Curved text makes this wedding invitation fun and fabulous.

Why is the curveball so effective at striking out batters? Because it’s unexpected. Same with curved text. We expect words to be in straight rows because that’s what we know from books and other printed materials. Curved text is unpredictable. It challenges norms, shakes things up—it’s downright revolutionary!

The Wave of Love template uses curved text to create a unique wedding invitation that defies convention. The names of the bride and groom make a pleasing wave that shoots out from the circle in the middle and frames the burst of flowers. The details of the event are placed in various corners of the design rather than in a single spot. The big takeaway? This is going to be a free-flowing, fun, fabulous wedding!

Found in nature

The curved text in this image echoes the rolling waves of the ocean.

The natural world—from the human body to flora and fauna to hills and valleys—is mostly made of curves. So adding undulating text to your design will give it a more organic, graceful feel. In this image, the peacefulness of the gently rolling ocean is matched by the half-circle text in the logo. The addition of the squares, angles, and straight lines provides a nice contrast and makes the whole image more complex.


In this ad for hiking expeditions, the subtly arched text combines with the swirly font of the company name to make an effective, inviting design. The inspiring mountains in the background are tinted a warm, orangish brown and make you want to leap in and begin your trek immediately.

The comfort of curves

Curved text is like a warm embrace. Use if for your baby announcements!

Curved words are like a warm embrace. Think about it: You don’t hug with your arms straight, you do it with rounded arms. The arched text at the top and the bottom of this design creates the sense that the adorable child is being cradled in the loving arms of his family. The curvature of the text mimics the curves of the child’s head, doubling down on the cozy, soft, comforting feel of the design. You can use our New to the World template as a baby announcement, or switch it up and make a party invitation, save-the-date card, or anything else.

Circles upon circles

Create a dizzying effect with curved text.

Don’t feel constrained when making your circles and half circles. It’s easy to size and position your text boxes to create concentric concoctions. The Poppin’ Circles template, with its overlapping letters and rotating rings, makes you feel like you’re on a dizzying amusement park ride. Woo-hoo!

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Molly Shapiro
In addition to her work on the PicMonkey blog, Molly writes about topics as varied as politics, finance, global health, and online dating. As a fiction writer, she’s published two books, both available on Amazon through totally non-sketchy retailers. A midwestern transplant who now calls Seattle home, Molly firmly believes that the Space Needle is way cooler than the Eiffel Tower.