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Creating logo type along an open path

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Video: Creating logo type along an open path

In this project we'll create a logo that features classic type on a circle, and I'll start things off in this movie by showing you how to create type along an open path. So switch over to the starter document here-- and by the way if you are working along with me--this document features Myriad Pro Black, which you may or may not have installed on your machine. If not, when you get the alert message, just go ahead and click the Open button and switch on My Fonts for some nice bold fonts of your own. All right, the first thing we need to do is take this circle.

Creating logo type along an open path

In this project we'll create a logo that features classic type on a circle, and I'll start things off in this movie by showing you how to create type along an open path. So switch over to the starter document here-- and by the way if you are working along with me--this document features Myriad Pro Black, which you may or may not have installed on your machine. If not, when you get the alert message, just go ahead and click the Open button and switch on My Fonts for some nice bold fonts of your own. All right, the first thing we need to do is take this circle.

Notice that I have just one circle inside of this top layer here. We need to break it in two, because you can only join type to a single path outline in Illustrator. So we need the top path of the circle separated from the bottom half. And just so I can show you the difference between working with closed and open paths inside of Illustrator, here is how we're going to work. I want you to press the A key to switch to the White Arrow tool, then click off the path outline to deselect it, and click on that top anchor point in the circle to select it.

Then go on to the Edit menu and choose the Copy command, or of course you can press Ctrl+C or Command+C on the Mac. And now we want to go ahead and paste a copy of that anchor point along with its two neighboring segments, so in other words the top half of the circle. And the easiest way to do that is to return to the Edit menu and choose Paste in Front, or press Ctrl+F or Command+F on the Mac. Now press the V key to switch back to the Black Arrow tool, and click on the baseline of that point text object to select it. Now if this were another program, you might be able to join the type to the top half of the circle, but in Illustrator you have to cut and paste.

So go up to the Edit menu and choose the Cut command or press Ctrl+X, Command+X on the Mac; and then click on the top half circle to select it, and then switch to the Type tool, which you can get by pressing the T key. And now position your cursor over the path outline. And notice that it changes from an I-beam inside of a dotted square to an I- beam with a little dotted path going through it; and that tells you that you are going to convert this path to a text path, and you do so just by clicking on it. You'll get this tiny blinking insertion marker which pretends to suggest that that's where you're going to create your type. And initially that's true, but things are going to go a little bit haywire in just a moment.

Now go up to the Edit menu and choose the Paste command or press Ctrl+V or Command+V on the Mac, and you'll create this text that begins at the place that you clicked and then proceeds to the right--the reason being that this text started out flush left. So let's go ahead and change that by clicking on the Align Center icon up here in the Control panel. And initially that's not going to do anything, and that's because we're centering the text at the wrong location, but we can change that using the Black Arrow tool.

So I'll go ahead and click on the Black Arrow up at the top of the toolbox. You can't press the V key of course, because then you center a V character into your text. All right, now notice this big tall line that's jutting out from the half circle. That indicates the point around which your text will be centered, because it's currently aligned center. Now go ahead and drag that line in order to move the text along the circle. What I want to do is exactly center the text on the top anchor point, which is a little tricky. You have to make sure your cursor is just slightly above the path outline; because if it's even slightly below you'll end up flipping the text, like so.

So if you end up getting flipped text or something goes wonky, then here's the solution. Go up to the View menu and turn on Smart Guides if they are not already on, and then you'll have a lot more control. Now I'll go ahead and drag this line once again, which now appears below the path outline, because I flipped the text. I'll go ahead and drag it up, and now I can drag far above my path outline as you can see here; and I'll see a vertical green line when I've exactly aligned my cursor to that center anchor point. All right, now at this point I can release the cursor.

Now we've got a couple of additional controls that you might want to adjust. Notice this vertical line right here, which indicates where the text starts, and this vertical line, which indicates where the text ends. If you drag one of those inward, you are going to reduce the area in which your text resides and as a result you'll end up with this overflow marker that tells you that you can go ahead and flow your text into another object if you want to. Obviously that's not what we want. In order to make sure the text is exactly selected, you need to drag this right-hand vertical line all the way down to the final anchor point like so; and then drag the first vertical line all the way down to the first anchor point. And you'll end up achieving this effect here.

And now we can go ahead and change the text from black to white by clicking on the first color swatch up here in the Control panel and selecting White from the list of swatches. And that's how you create text along an open path outline. Now naturally of course the text is not centered as it should be inside of the design and that's an item that we'll address in a future movie.

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Illustrator CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

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  1. 43m 9s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 9s
    2. Introducing my custom keyboard shortcuts
      6m 52s
    3. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on Windows
      4m 46s
    4. Installing my dekeKeys shortcuts on the Mac
      4m 18s
    5. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 10s
    6. Adjusting a few key Preferences settings
      8m 13s
    7. Understanding the color-managed workflow
      6m 51s
    8. Establishing the optimal Color Settings
      6m 50s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Illustrator's oldest dynamic functions
      1m 28s
    2. Creating a multicolor blend
      7m 12s
    3. Establishing a clipping mask
      5m 40s
    4. Reinstating the colors of a clipping path
      8m 1s
    5. Editing individual blended paths
      4m 44s
    6. Adjusting the number of steps in a blend
      7m 15s
    7. Fixing problems with the Blend tool
      4m 2s
    8. Blending different levels of opacity
      4m 45s
    9. Editing the spine of a blend
      5m 3s
    10. Adding a custom spine to any blend
      5m 5s
    11. Advanced blending and masking techniques
      6m 18s
    12. Blending between entire groups
      3m 2s
    13. Adjusting the speed of a blend
      3m 21s
    14. Rotating objects in 3D space
      5m 36s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Illustrator's logo-making features
      1m 8s
    2. Customizing a single character of type
      5m 25s
    3. Combining a letterform with a path outline
      7m 48s
    4. Creating logo type along an open path
      5m 3s
    5. Creating logo type around a closed circle
      3m 57s
    6. Vertical alignment, orientation, and spacing
      4m 55s
    7. Warping logo type around a circle
      6m 56s
    8. Creating a classic neon type effect
      5m 39s
    9. Adding random neon brightness fluctuations
      5m 19s
    10. Creating neon "block outs" between letters
      7m 44s
    11. Adding neon blur and bokeh in Photoshop
      6m 16s
  4. 46m 19s
    1. Generating colors using harmony rules
      1m 31s
    2. Introducing the Color Guide panel
      5m 16s
    3. The 23 color harmony rules, diagrammed
      8m 16s
    4. Mixing and matching color harmonies
      5m 59s
    5. Color groups and custom harmony rules
      6m 18s
    6. Working in the Edit Colors dialog box
      7m 4s
    7. Expanding on an existing harmony rule
      6m 51s
    8. Constraining colors to a predefined library
      5m 4s
  5. 32m 44s
    1. Changing lots of colors all at once
      1m 2s
    2. Introducing the Recolor Artwork command
      4m 58s
    3. Recoloring with the help of swatch groups
      4m 35s
    4. Changing the color-assignment order
      6m 44s
    5. Reducing the number of colors in your art
      5m 7s
    6. Applying tints and shades of a single swatch
      5m 37s
    7. Recoloring artwork that contains gradients
      4m 41s
  6. 1h 15m
    1. Painting with path outlines
      1m 24s
    2. Introducing the Brushes panel
      4m 25s
    3. Applying and editing a calligraphic brush
      7m 34s
    4. Applying and scaling an art brush
      6m 12s
    5. Applying and editing a scatter brush
      5m 31s
    6. Formatting and scaling brushed text
      5m 45s
    7. Designing a custom art brush
      7m 35s
    8. Creating (or replacing) an art brush
      6m 42s
    9. Refining a brush to fit ends and corners
      4m 11s
    10. Expanding, filling, and stroking a brush
      7m 4s
    11. Type on a path vs. text as an art brush
      7m 3s
    12. Distorting text with the Width tool
      8m 49s
    13. Infusing your artwork with a tile pattern
      3m 13s
  7. 58m 24s
    1. The many forms of transparency
      1m 38s
    2. Creating translucency with the Opacity value
      4m 21s
    3. Darken, Multiply, and Color Burn
      6m 15s
    4. Lighten, Screen, and Color Dodge
      5m 8s
    5. Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Difference, and Exclusion
      4m 59s
    6. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      5m 12s
    7. Combining the effects of multiple blend modes
      6m 42s
    8. Isolating blending and Knockout Group
      7m 37s
    9. Combining blend modes with dynamic effects
      7m 25s
    10. Exporting transparency from Illustrator
      9m 7s
  8. 1h 39m
    1. The Layers panel for dynamic attributes
      1m 4s
    2. Applying attributes in the Appearance panel
      6m 15s
    3. Creating depth using translucent strokes
      5m 37s
    4. Adding, layering, and offsetting strokes
      6m 12s
    5. Duplicating entire groups of attributes
      7m 55s
    6. Turning stacked strokes into editable paths
      5m 43s
    7. Simplifying a multi-stroke effect
      6m 31s
    8. Applying the Convert to Shape effect
      7m 47s
    9. Adding aligned patterns and shadows
      8m 16s
    10. Drawing with arrowheads and angled strokes
      8m 49s
    11. Employing overlapping gradient strokes
      8m 25s
    12. Drawing circular stroke elements
      10m 13s
    13. Outlining an entire multi-stroke effect
      8m 39s
    14. Creating seamless wood grain in Photoshop
      8m 11s
  9. 1h 12m
    1. The best features in Illustrator
      1m 38s
    2. Repeating a series of transformations
      6m 18s
    3. Adjusting and updating a dynamic effect
      6m 37s
    4. Applying a stroke to an entire layer
      6m 24s
    5. Improving the performance of drop shadows
      5m 40s
    6. Applying a single effect multiple times
      6m 10s
    7. Creating an intricate Spirograph pattern
      7m 10s
    8. Adding scalloped edges with Pucker & Bloat
      4m 40s
    9. Applying a dynamic Pathfinder to a layer
      3m 56s
    10. Creating beveled ornaments
      6m 50s
    11. Creating a sculptural type effect
      5m 59s
    12. Subtracting editable text from a path
      7m 6s
    13. Editing text inside a dynamic effect
      4m 25s
  10. 27m 40s
    1. Never remember anything again, ever
      1m 41s
    2. The pixel-based Effect Gallery
      3m 53s
    3. Copying effects from one layer to another
      4m 44s
    4. Introducing the Graphic Styles panel
      4m 11s
    5. Correcting previews in the Effect Gallery
      4m 36s
    6. Adjusting the resolution of your effects
      4m 0s
    7. Combining and saving graphic styles
      4m 35s
  11. 1h 13m
    1. Two powerful graphics programs combine forces
      1m 5s
    2. Creating a perfectly centered star shape
      6m 52s
    3. Precisely scaling concentric circles
      7m 47s
    4. Adding reflective highlights with the Flare tool
      6m 23s
    5. Two ways to rasterize vector art for Photoshop
      7m 37s
    6. Importing vector art as a Smart Object
      6m 47s
    7. Creating a lens flare effect in Photoshop
      7m 56s
    8. Photographic texture and brushed highlights
      6m 26s
    9. Modifying a vector Smart Object in Illustrator
      6m 33s
    10. Converting Illustrator paths to shape layers
      6m 27s
    11. Assign layer effects to native shape layers
      5m 55s
    12. Completing a work of photorealistic art
      3m 46s
  12. 1m 5s
    1. Until next time
      1m 5s

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