In a designer's work, it is often necessary to make the text follow an open path, a closed path, or a shape to create a design element with the participation of symbols. Path Text can be used to create labels, emblems, and awards. In this article, we'll show you how to use Adobe Illustrator (AI) to make text follow a specific path or shape.
Method 1 of 2: Text on the line
Step 1. Draw a straight line using the Pen Tool (P) in the Toolbox
Then select the Convert Anchor Point tool (Shift + C) and drag one anchor point handles 45 degrees. This will create a small arch.
Step 2. After that, on the toolbar, hold down the left mouse button over the Type Tool (T) to view the pop-up menu
Select the Type Around tool and click at the top of the arch in the drawing area.
Step 3. From the top menu, choose Window> Text> Paragraph
From the paragraph menu, choose Left Align. Enter a phrase and the text will start from the left side of the arch, moving along the path.
Step 4. To move the text along the path, select the Direction tool (A) from the toolbar and click on the left bracket (next to the anchor point)
A small perpendicular icon will appear.
Step 5. Hold down the Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) button and drag the text along the path
To flip the text to the other side of the path, drag the perpendicular icon to the other side of the path. Only this time, don't hold down the Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) buttons.
Step 6. Know - the alignment of the text on the path can also be changed
Choose Type> Text On A Path> Adjust Text On A Path. There is a drop-down menu for the "Align to Contour" option in the preferences window, which includes the following options: "Ascending", "Descending", "Centered", "Baseline". The Ascending option (1) moves the text below the outline and aligns it with the top of the text. Descending (2) moves the text above the outline and aligns it with the bottom of the text. With the "Centered" parameter activated (3), the text will pass through the middle of the path. Baseline (4) is the default - when selected, text is aligned to the baseline.
Method 2 of 2: Text to Shape
Step 1. Draw a circle using the Ellipse Tool (L)
Select the Type Along Path tool as in the first method.
Step 2. Click on the center of the top of the circle and start typing
Use the cursor and the perpendicular icon to drag the text in a circle or flip the text inside the circle.
Step 3. Almost any shape will do
Repeat to create text on a square, polygon, or even a spiral (hidden tool in the pop-up menu for the Tool Navigator () in the toolbar). Adjust the font size based on the shape, and feel free to experiment!