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What's the simplest way to wrap extruded text around a cylinder that has a specific radius (for example, the label on a can of baked beans)?

I've tried using the Simple Deform modifier, but that (a) doesn't allow you to choose a radius and (b) requires the text to be converted to a curve.

I'm trying to model a cylinder with radius of 30, which has a line of embossed text that runs around the curved side, facing outward.

Thanks!

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Try using a Curve modifier.

  1. Add curve circle (ShiftA> Curve Circle) and set the radius as desired in the Redo menu (at the bottom of the Tool Shelf):

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  2. Add the text object (ShiftA> Text) and type in your text (Tab> Edit mode):

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  3. Add a curve modifier to the text object in Properties > Modifiers, and set the Object to be your curve circle:

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  4. Rotate the text object 90 degrees on the X axis (RX90) and then scale by -1 again on the X (SX-1):

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  5. Increase the Extrude value in Properties > Text > Geometry to give the text some thickness:

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    Optionally increase the Depth and Resolution values for Bevel to round the edges a bit.

Result:

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Notice there is some odd distortion with deformed text (top of the 'T'), you may want to apply Subdivision-Surface and set it to 'Simple' to reduce distortion artifacts before distortion happens. –  ideasman42 Jan 13 at 20:43

You could simply add BezierCircle to the scene and add a Curve Modifier to text object

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