Video: Text on a path in SCAL 2

March 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm 49 comments

Here’s a video tutorial to show you how the text on a path tool works in SCAL2.

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  • 1. SallyW  |  March 31, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you for the great info.

  • 2. Denise  |  April 1, 2010 at 8:57 am

    EXCELLENT!!! Great tutorial – Thank You!!!

  • 3. Mandy  |  April 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Wow, this is fantastic! You explain it so simply. Fabulous – thanks.

  • 4. Evelyn  |  April 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks! That was really helpful!

  • 5. Lori G  |  April 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    thank you so much for making this viedo. I was just asking my sister how to do this last weekend. She didn’t know so i asked someone else. He found you and gave me your blog. Thanks to Dan and YOU

  • 6. Leona  |  April 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    This Tutorial was great!

  • 7. Patty  |  April 21, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    what version do you have? I have version 2.005 and it doesn’t have the 3rd option on the T…..I only have Type Tool, and Vertical Type Tool….


    • 8. Kay  |  April 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      Text on path was added in version 2.011. You can get the free update at

  • 9. Patty  |  April 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I figured it out! I downloaded the upgrades……how simple!!!

  • 10. Rosie Waldt  |  May 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    HELP!!!!! I can’t open your video, can you tell me if I need to do something with any settings.

    • 11. Kay  |  May 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm

      Check the help at You may need a plugin.

  • 12. Teresa E  |  June 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Kay, Thanks so much for your video. You make it so easy to understand. Teresa

  • 13. Scrappy-go-Lucky » Blog Archive » Off to Bali!  |  August 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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  • 14. aracely  |  September 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    thanks so much! I’m such a visual person and this is the perfect way for me to learn new things, by ‘watching”!!! thanks for making it look so easy!!!! :0)

  • 15. Beckie  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Can you make the words go in 2 different directions…for example if you have Happy and Birthday both starting at the left but Happy on the top half of the circle and Birthday on the bottom half?

    • 16. Kay  |  November 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      Yes, that is covered in the last part of the video. You will need to make the circle for the bottom word larger and then drag them on top of each other so that the circles are concentric and the words line up properly as if they were on the same circle.

      • 17. Brittney  |  August 9, 2014 at 5:40 am

        I am also interested in how you would make birthday not be upside down. I was not able to figure it out

      • 18. Kay  |  August 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

        Use reverse path as shown in the video

  • 19. Angela  |  December 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial. I did some glass etching for the first time over the holidays and wish I had watched this first!

    Appreciate you taking the time to educate us!!!

  • 20. Suzanne  |  December 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I wonder why I dont have this on my SCAL2 I only have Type tool and vertical type tool??

    • 21. Kay  |  December 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      Sounds like you need to update your SCAL2. Type on path tool was introduced in v2.011

  • 22. ANDI  |  January 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm


    • 23. Kay  |  January 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

      Haven’t heard of this issue before. Did you make sure all the layers were visible? If so, report the bug to craftedge with your SCAL version, and OS. In the meantime maybe you could export as SVG as a workaround.

    • 24. Kathy McGee  |  January 13, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      I am also having the same problem. Did you figure out how to fix it?

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  • 26. Julie  |  January 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I got this to work in a pratice run but now when I type nothing shows up. I am ready to toss SCAL2 and the computer out the window!! Please help!



    • 27. Kay  |  February 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      I have not experienced this particular issue. I suggest you go to the forums at where you can get specific help for this.

  • 28. Mary  |  June 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I am trying to get text around a heart in scal, but a pop up tell me to choose an ungrouped single line path to add text to or it will put it on the inside of the heart instead of the outside. I want to put text on the top of heart going from left to right (arched) then on bottom curved



  • 29. Rachel  |  August 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been banging my head against a wall for a while with this as my ‘help’ doesn’t work on SCAL! This was just perfect! thank you again! :)

  • 30. Diane Turner  |  September 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    My SCAL2 does not have this and I really want this along with the stitching option. HELP…How can I get it???

    • 31. Kay  |  September 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Both of these were introduced in v2.011 so if you have that version or later you should have them. You have to hold down the text tool for a second before the pull down appears so you can select the text on path tool. The line styles are at the very bottom of the appearance window and may be hidden. You will need to scroll down to get to it and might have to move another window out of the way first.

      • 32. Diane Turner  |  September 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

        I had the older version 2.030 but now I have the newer one. Can any one find any single line fonts for free?

      • 33. Kay  |  September 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        I have a number of free single line fonts listed on my blog. Look under pen fonts under the Fonts tab.

  • 34. livingwaterside  |  March 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    This is seriously LIFE CHANGING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

  • 35. amy  |  July 25, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Love your video! Is there any way to calculate the arc of the circle? For instance, I am trying to place vinyl lettering on a glass. If I calculate my drop angle at 1/8 inch, can I make a circle that is 1/8 inch in SCAL, or do I just have to approximate it? Thanks!

    • 36. Kay  |  July 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

      SCAL can not do this automatically. Here is an online site that can draw curves based on your inputs , but it’s probably just as easy to approximate and use trial and error.

  • 37. Mykel  |  February 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hi…love this. Question. When I try to do this the top part of my words always go inside the circle upside down, like the bottom of the “A” is at the top of the circle. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for the video the rest works out fine, just not that part

    • 38. Kay  |  February 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      select the circle and reverse the path. If that doesn’t work then start a new document and try again.

  • 39. Mykel  |  February 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve tried it several time, and I can not seem to get it to put the letters on top of the circle. I’m trying to do like two arches…one on top facing down and one on bottom facing up. Is this the wrong method for that?

    • 40. Kay  |  February 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

      I am not understanding what you are trying to do. If you are trying to have it look like what the one in the video looks like then following the steps in the video exactly will work. If you are trying to have it look like something else then you may have to reverse the other circle, etc.

  • 41. Denise Seaman Hudson  |  February 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I have been trying to figure out how to reverse the path for the circle text for a long time!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  • 42. Lynette Sadowy  |  February 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I have a problem with SCAL when trying to copy and paste “text on a path”. I cut vinyl for wedding wine glasses. I create the word “Bridesmaid” for instance, curved and welded. Looks great and cuts perfectly, but I want to cut 10 of these at a time, No matter whether I “copy and paste” or save it and reopen it, the capital “B” ALWAYS ends up on the wrong angle. When creating the word, I do have to rotate the “B” -20 or – 30 to look correct, but SCAL never saves this rotation, it just returns the “B” to it’s initial rotation, which overlaps the “r” and the “i”. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. SCAL is a wonderful program that I absolutely love.

    • 43. Kay  |  February 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Lynnette, Sounds like you’ve found a bug, but there’s a simple workaround. After you get the first “Bridesmaid” like you want it. Go under the Text menu and select Convert to path. Then it should copy and paste without any issues.

      • 44. Lynette Sadowy  |  April 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        Thank you Kay. I tried the “Convert to Outlines” under Text Menu (there is no convert to Path in my Version 2.34). I highlighted the text first and selected it. I also “selected” the circle and text and tried it that way. Both ways it took all the letters and placed them on the mat, removing the path (circle), but my tracking and welding was gone. I’m using Alex font, which is a script that welds nicely together, and they became standalone letters with gaps in between. This definitely seems like a solution that should work, as it does lock the letters and I can cut and paste them, but it doesn’t lock them the way I had them. I then can’t go back in and move them. It is so frustrating, as I cut dozens of vinyl decals every day, and this has to be redone every time I need to cut this particular design. Thanks in advance for any other ideas you might have.

  • 45. Lynette Sadowy  |  April 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Kay, thank you so much for answering this. I just found this post again! Going to try your solution right now…. finger’s crossed.

    • 46. Lynette Sadowy  |  April 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Hurray!!!! I figured it out. After converting them all to Outlines/Path, I then selected each individual letter, moved them back together and rotated where necessary; then selected all and welded — and held my breath. It worked! I could copy and paste each “Bridesmaid” word to my heart’s content. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You’ve just saved me hours of future work.

  • 47. Lakeiya  |  May 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Kay, thx for the video. It helped me out so much in the past. Now I’m having a problem with the Type on Path. Every time after I create my design and do the Convert to outline my design will disappear. I even tried saving the design before it disappear and when I open the file back up, the design disappear again. I don’t know what I can be doing wrong. I’m at a lost. My designs only disappear only when I use the Type on Path. Is there any advice you can give me to solve this problem? Thx!!!

  • 48. Giselle  |  September 23, 2015 at 11:31 am

    How do i ensure that a word is in the middle of an “arch”?

    • 49. Kay  |  September 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      You just have to eyeball it.


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