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Chapter 12. Text Special Effects > Fitting Text to a Path

Fitting Text to a Path

Fitting text to a path refers to binding a line of text to the path of an object. As the text moves along the object's path, it assumes the shape of the path. You can fit text to a path interactively or choose a command from the Text menu.

To interactively fit artistic text to a path:

1.
Using the Pick Tool, select the object to which you want to fit the text. The object must either have a closed path or be a line.

2.
Position the Text Tool on the object's path.

The cursor changes from the Text Tool's normal cross-hair to an I-beam.

3.
Click to place the insertion marker at the desired starting point on the object or line (Figure 12.15).

Figure 12.15. Click on the object's path to set the insertion marker.


4.
Choose a font and size from the property bar drop-down lists. (In this example, the font is Bremen Bd BT, 48 point.)

5.
Type the text.

As you type, the text follows the object's outline (Figure 12.16).

Figure 12.16. As you type, the text wraps around the object.



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