How to Type on a Circle Using the Path Type Tool in Adobe Illustrator: Design Tips Post #7
How to Type on a Circle Using the Path Type Tool in Adobe Illustrator
The Mini-Design Series is an 8-week installment of useful design tips and tricks directly from our team of designers at LabelValue.com.
If you missed our previous posts, you can view them here:
- Week 1: How to Trace Objects with the Pen Tool
- Week 2: How to Equally Duplicate a Shape Around A Circle
- Week 3: How to Link and Embed Images
- Week 4: How to use the Align Tool in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 5: How to Set up Document Bleeds in Adobe Illustrator
- Week 6: How to Create a Clipping Mask using Adobe Illustrator
Part 7 of our Design Mini-Series focuses on the path type tool. Specifically, how to create text following the shape of a circle. This is a useful skill when designing for circular applications such as circle labels, stickers, or round logos & brandmarks.
For the 7th installment, we will go over how to create circular shaped text fields in Adobe Illustrator.
What is a path?
To create text that follows a specific shape, it is important to understand first what a path is. A path can be defined as any line or shape made with the various tools offered in Adobe Illustrator. For example, using the pen tool to create a curved line can be considered an open path because the beginning point in the line does not meet the end point. A circle made using the ellipse tool can be considered a closed path because the beginning point is met and closed by the end point. You can use the “Path Type” tool on either of these types of paths.
So How do I Type on a Circle in Adobe Illustrator?
Now that we understand what a path is and they are created, we can begin our tutorial by making one. For this tutorial, we will be using the latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC, but any version of Illustrator will have this functionality. Let’s get started!
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