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Add Text to Closed Shapes with Adobe CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) Illustrator allows you to place text inside or on the path of a closed shape. These options are a significant addition to your text formatting toolbox.

Creating text in a closed shape

Putting text inside a shape can add spunk to a layout. This feature allows you to custom-create a closed shape with the shape tools or the Pen tool and flow text into it. Follow these steps to add text inside a shape:

  1. Create a closed shape — a circle or oval, for example.

  2. Select the Type tool and cross over the path of the closed shape.

  3. When you see the I-bar swell or become rounded, click inside the shape.

  4. Start typing, and the text is contained inside the shape.

Text on the path of a closed shape

Perhaps you want text to run around the edge of a shape instead of inside it. Follow these steps to have text created on the path of a closed shape:

  1. Create a closed shape, such as a circle.

  2. Select the Type tool and cross over the path of the circle.

  3. Don’t click when you see the I-bar swell up; hold down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac) key instead. The icon changes into the squiggle I-bar you see when creating text on a path.

  4. When the squiggle line appears, click.

  5. Start typing, and the text flows around the path of the shape.

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    To change the origin of the text or move it around, use the alignment options in the Paragraph panel or switch to the Selection tool and drag the I-bar to a new location on the path.

    You can drag the I-bar in and out of the shape to flip the text so that it appears on the outside or inside of the path.

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