Is there a way to curve / arc text using CSS3 / Canvas

Is there a way to curve / arc text using CSS3 / Canvas

I’m trying to make a curved text effect using CSS3, HTML Canvas, or even SVG (see image below for example)? Is this possible? If so, how can I achieve this effect?
Update: To clarify: The text that will be styled this way will be dynamic.

Solutions/Answers:

Solution 1:

SVG supports text-on-a-path directly, though it does not ‘bend’ the individual glyphs along the path. Here’s an example of how you create it:

...
<defs>
  <path id="textPath" d="M10 50 C10 0 90 0 90 50"/>
</defs>
<text fill="red">
  <textPath xlink:href="#textPath">Text on a Path</textPath>
</text>
...

Solution 2:

You can certainly do it with canvas, try out this code as an example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  <head>
    <title>Testing min-width and max-width</title>
    <style type="text/css">

    </style>

  </head>
  <body>
      <canvas id="cnv"></canvas>
      <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8">
          cnv = document.getElementById("cnv");
          cnv.width = 500;
          cnv.height = 300;
          ctx = cnv.getContext("2d");
          ctx.font = "bold 12px sans-serif";
          text = "abcdefghijklm"
          for (i = 0; i < text.length; i++) {
              ctx.fillText(text[i], 300, 100);
              ctx.rotate(0.1);
          }
      </script>
  </body>
</html>

It doesn’t do it exactly right, but I’m certain you’ll manage to tweak it to your likening 😉

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Solution 3:

Or you can do it using some CSS, however I’m sure you won’t get it running on IE any time soon. On the other hand the cool thing is that the text is selectable 😀

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
  <head>
    <title>Testing min-width and max-width</title>
    <style type="text/css">
        .num1 {
            -webkit-transform: translate(0px, 30px) rotate(-35deg); 
        }
        .num2 {
            -webkit-transform: translate(0px, 25px) rotate(-25deg); 
        }
        .num3 {
            -webkit-transform: translate(0px, 23px) rotate(0deg); 
        }
        .num4 {
            -webkit-transform: translate(0px, 25px) rotate(25deg); 
        }
        .num5 {
            -webkit-transform: translate(0px, 30px) rotate(35deg); 
        }

       span {display: inline-block; margin: 1px;}
    </style>

  </head>
  <body>
    <div style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 50px auto">
      <span class="num1">a</span><span class="num2">b</span><span class="num3">c</span><span class="num4">d</span><span class="num5">e</span>
    </div>
</body>
</html>

Solution 4:

It’s not a pure CSS solution but CircleType.js works great for arced text.

http://circletype.labwire.ca/

Solution 5:

There is a jQuery Plugin to curve text using CSS3 called arctext.js. It’s pretty good and has a range of configuration options. I guess it won’t work on IE8 but I guess most CSS3 thing don’t!

There’s also a demo page with some example of it in action here.

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Solution 6:

<embed width="100" height="100" type="image/svg+xml" src="path.svg">
  <svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink">
    <defs>
      <path id="textPath" d="M10 50 C10 0 90 0 90 50"/>
    </defs>
  </svg>
</embed>

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