How to Create Text Shape Effects in Adobe InDesign CS6 Documents - dummies

How to Create Text Shape Effects in Adobe InDesign CS6 Documents

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You can create some interesting effects with text on a path in Adobe InDesign CS6. Using the Type On a Path tool, you can have text curve along a line or shape. This feature is particularly useful when you want to create interesting titling effects on a page.

To create text on a path, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Pen tool to create a path on the page.

    Create at least one curve on the path after you create it.

  2. Click and hold the Type tool to select the Type On a Path tool.

  3. Move the cursor near the path you created.

    When you move the cursor near a path, a plus sign (+) symbol appears next to the cursor, and you can click and start typing on the path.

  4. Click when you see the + icon and type some text on the path.

    An insertion point appears at the beginning of the path after you click, and you can then add text along the path. You select type on a path as you would normally select other text — by dragging over the text to highlight it.

To change properties for type on a path, you can use the Type On a Path Options dialog box, which you open by choosing Type→Type On a Path→Options. In the Type On a Path Options dialog box, you can use effects to modify the way each character is placed on the path.

You can also flip the text, change character spacing, and change character alignment to the path in the Align drop-down list or to the stroke of the path in the To Path drop-down list. Play with the settings to see how they affect your type. Click OK to apply changes; to undo anything you don’t like, press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z.

To hide the path while keeping the text visible, set the stroke weight for the path to 0 pt.