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Lesson 7. Working with Type > Typing along a path

Typing along a path

Another way to create type in Illustrator is to enter type along a path. Now you'll add a credit line to the image of the dancing figure.

If necessary, press Ctrl+Y (Windows) or Command+Y (Mac OS) to switch to Preview view.

The current fill and stroke settings were both set to None when you selected the path along the bottom leg. You'll change the paint settings so you can see a path as you draw it along the upper leg in Preview view.

With the artwork deselected, set the paint attributes in the toolbox to a fill of none and a black stroke (by clicking the Default Fill and Stroke box in the toolbox, and then with the Fill Box selected, clicking the None button).

If desired, press Ctrl+spacebar (Windows) or Command+spacebar (Mac OS), and click the raised leg once or twice to zoom in on it.

Select the pencil tool () in the toolbox, and drag it to draw a line along the back of the figure's raised leg. The line remains selected after you draw it.

Select the path type tool () from the same group as the type tool in the toolbox, and click at the beginning of the line.

Clicking a line with the path type tool converts the line to an invisible path (without any fill or stroke color), and a blinking insertion point appears.

Click the Character tab behind the Paragraph palette to display the Character palette, choose a font from the pop-up menu (we selected Adobe Garamond Regular), type 6 points in the Font Size text box, and press Enter or Return to set the new attributes.

Type the credit for the figure: Photo from Adobe Image Library.

Draw a line.

Convert line to type path.

Type words along path.

Turning a path or object into a type path removes any stroke or fill from the path, even if it was originally stroked or filled. When you select a type path, changing the paint settings affects only the type, not the path.

To move the type path, use the selection tool ().

Choose View > Hide Bounding Box so that it doesn't distract you.

To adjust the starting position of the type along the path, grab the I-beam using the selection pointer and then drag to move the type along the path. (Dragging across the path flips the type.)

Adjusting type along path

If you zoomed in on the artwork, double-click the hand tool () in the toolbox to fit the artwork in the window.

Choose Select > Deselect, and then choose File > Save.



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