Open up Silhouette Studio and type out your text. This works best with a sans serif font. For this example I'm using Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold.
Click the Draw an Ellipse tool from the left sidebar and draw out a horizontal oval. The longer the oval the less dramatic your word shape will be so just keep that in mind.
Size the text so the middle of the word - preferably just one or two letters - is sitting on the top of the oval. You can select both the text and the oval and use the Align tool to Align Horizontally - Align Center if you're not an 'eyeball it' type of person.
- It will give you access to each letter individually
- It will no longer have Silhouette Studio treat the text as text, but no as a shape
- It will allow you to access the edit points
Depending on what letter it is - you can either drag the letter down or you may need to access the edit points. If the first letter here was an I, I would select the letter and just drag the selection box down to elongate the I...but because it's an E where it has some horizontal elements, I'm going to use the edit points.
The only edit points I'm going to move are those on the bottom. You only need to move them a short distance - just so they're now touch or close to touching, the oval.
Repeat with all of the letters...except the letter that's right in the middle and is already sitting right on top of the oval.
The S is one of those letters where I can select it and drag the box down rather than moving the edit points.
Once all the letters are adjusted to touch the top of the oval you can move the oval away.
You can stop here or you can repeat the same process along the top of the word. You can use the same oval, even.
I want to stress, this is different from Text to Path where you drag the entire word onto the edge of a shape and the entire word curves. What we are doing with this basic word art is keeping the center of the text aligned and adjusting the shape of the top or bottom of each letter to distort it.
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