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Chapter 14. Working with Illustrator Tools > Understanding the Type Tools

Understanding the Type Tools

Illustrator's Type tools enable you to create text in a variety of ways. Choose the proper tool to create either standard, straight-line text, text inside a closed path, or type on a path (see Figure 14.8):

  • Type tool: Click to start typing, or click and drag to draw a type container of a specific size. When the Type tool is selected, your cursor becomes an I-beam, which enables you to select text by dragging over it.

  • Area Type tool: Click with this tool inside a closed path to change the shape to a type container.

  • Type on a Path tool: Click on a path and start typing to create text that adheres to the path.

  • Vertical Type tool: Click to start typing vertically, or click and drag to draw a type container that contains vertical type. When the Vertical Type tool is selected, your cursor becomes a vertical I-beam, which enables you to select vertical text by dragging over it.

  • Vertical Area Type tool: Click with this tool inside a closed path to change the shape to a vertical type container.

  • Vertical Type on a Path tool: Click on a path and start typing to create vertical text that adheres to the path.


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