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Chapter 11. Some of Your Wackier Text Ef... > Flowing Text from One Shape to Anoth...

Flowing Text from One Shape to Another

If your text overflows the path or you simply don't like the way it wraps, you can edit the path with the direct selection tool. Press Ctrl+Shift+A (Cmd-Shift-A on the Mac) to deselect the text block, and then click the path with the direct selection tool and reshape at will. (Be careful not to click any of the baselines; that would select the entire block of area text.) As you reshape the path with the direct selection, add point, delete point, or convert point tools, Illustrator rewraps the text to fit inside the revised path outline.

You can also flow text from one area text block into another (something you can't do with point text or path text). This allows you to create multiple columns, or even multiple pages, of text. Figure 11.17 shows several lines of text flowed between two paths. A single collection of paragraphs flowed over many text blocks is called a story.


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