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Trying to lay out some letters to spell a name but instead of being in a straight line I want the letters in a arc. What would be a good program and how do you do this?

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Trying to lay out some letters to spell a name but instead of being in a straight line I want the letters in a arc. What would be a good program and how do you do this?
It's easily done in Adobe Illustrator. Here's a link to a video on how to do it in Microsoft Word and PhotoShop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko7uGxW6NFc

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Even MS Word has a text editor for very basic prints.

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This can be done with two names and a piece of string.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyvrWNHdANA
This video will show you how to make an ellipse, just use half of it.

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Yes "word art" in MS Word is probably the simplest way to do this, though it's not quite as easy in the newer versions as it used to be I think. If you want free tools, then LibreOffice Writer, the open-source equivalent of MS Word, has a similar tool called Font Work. To use that you have to display the Font Work tool bar via the View/Toolbars menu item.

For more flexibility, most vector drawing packages will have a function to fit text to a path, which could be any curve or shape. Adobe Illustrator as mentioned by Oliver is the most popular commercial application of this type. CorelDraw is one that I use. The best free equivalent would be probably be Inkscape.
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I am vaguely familiar with Inkscape, I can do the basics but have not been able to figure out how to do this. Hoping to learn how.

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I am vaguely familiar with Inkscape, I can do the basics but have not been able to figure out how to do this. Hoping to learn how.
Select a text object and a curve or shape (shift+click to select multiple objects at once) and choose "Put on Path" from the Text menu.
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There are many YouTube tutorials for Inkscape. I find them the most useful, as they can be paused and tried, then resumed if successful. If it doesn't work, I go back and re-watch and retry. I find I learn best by watching rather than reading. Maybe that's just me.
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WordArt in Micro$oft Word.
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Curved Text in Inkscape:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfc_UcKEKfY

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