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Chapter 6. Where Text Meets Graphics > Placing Text on a Path

Placing Text on a Path

InDesign can place text on a path, as well as place text inside a path (which is what a text frame is, after all). Once you’ve added text to a path, you can select the text just as you would select any other text—select the Text tool and drag it through the characters you want to select, or click the Text tool in the text and use keyboard shortcuts. To select the path, use the Selection tool or Direct Selection tool. To attach text to a path, follow these steps (see Figure 6-61).

Select the Path Type tool.

Move the tool over a path. The cursor changes to indicate that InDesign is ready to place text on the path.

Click the tool on the path. InDesign places the cursor on the path. The position of the cursor depends on the document’s default paragraph alignment (if the default alignment is left, for example, the cursor will appear at the start of the path).

Instead of clicking, you can drag the tool along the path to define the area of the path you want to fill with text.

If InDesign cannot fit all of the text onto the path, the extra text is stored as overset text.

Add text to the path just as you would add text to a text frame—by typing, pasting text from the Clipboard, or importing text from a text file. This creates a new kind of object—not a text frame, not a path, but a blending of the two we’ll refer to as a “path text object” from here on out.



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