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Illustrator can be used to accomplish many different design tasks. For this reason, Illustrator CS4 Essential Training teaches core concepts and techniques that can be applied to any workflow for print, the web, or assets that will find their way into other applications. Mordy Golding explains the elements that make up vector graphics—paths, strokes, and fills—and shows how to use each of Illustrator's drawing tools. He demonstrates how to combine and clean up paths, and organize them into groups and layers. Mordy also covers text editing, working with color, expressive brush drawing, effects, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.
So let's take the same concept that we've learned for text in a path with open paths, and now apply to close paths and in a minute you'll what's the difference is. I'm going to start off again on a blank document. I'm just going to draw out a circle. So we want to put text on a circle. So I'm going to take my Type tool here. Now here's the difference where I need to use a keyboard shortcut. As I move my Type tool closer to this object, see I get this little parentheses that appear around it. Well, that means that if I click now it will convert the shape to a frame for area text and the text will now flow inside a particular shape. I don't want that. I want a text to basically travel along the path, outside of the circle.
So to do them I'm going to hold down my Option key or my Alt key. See that now the icon changes to the Path Text tool. Now when I go ahead and I click, of course, that's happened. When I clicked over here, my cursor is all the way on the other side. Why did that happen? Well, let's take a look for a minute. I'm actually going to press Undo for a second and maybe we want our text to be at the top of the circle. So I hold down the Option key and I'll click once over here and now I see my cursor is on the bottom. We'll just type in for a second here, same thing like before, Surfing is Fun! Why is it down here on the bottom? Well, my paragraph text right now is aligned towards the center and remember what happened, went ahead and I clicked on the path text with an open path, I have basically a start and the end point. Let's see where those start and end points are now.
I'm going to use my Direct Selection tool and take a look at that where I clicked is where I basically define where my start point is, and because a circle is a closed path, there is no end; the end basically is back wherever the start is, right. So where is the exact center between the start point and the end point all the way down here? So this is the reason why Illustrator puts the text here on the bottom. I wanted to make sure that we first talk about how we put text on open path first to get that concept down. Now basically we can go ahead and we could see why Illustrator is putting it down here. I could use this inverted T icon over here to click and drag and reposition this at the top of the circle if I wanted to.
But now again it's important to realize the start and the end point is down here. I could, of course, also just adjust the starting and the end points itself and adjust it that way. So, for example, let's highlight the text here. It's kind of addressed just one of these here, for example, and say the start point is here and the end point is here. That way the text will be centered over the top here. So that's one thing that I could do. I could also by the way flip my text to the inside of my circle here just by dragging underneath and moving it that way. So that's how you would basically move a text along the path in this regard.
So let's just leave it as it is right now. Let me press Undo to go back to where it was. Let's scroll back over here. I want to cover one other thing, which people do often, they want to be able to put text on the outside and also on the bottom of a particular circle to the top and the bottom of the circle. In Illustrator there is no one way to do that. You need to actually create a copy of this. What I'm going to do is I'm going to take my regular Selection tool, take this, choose Edit and then choose Copy. Then I'll choose another setting here called Paste in Front. If I would just choose Paste, it would make it duplicate but it wouldn't put in the exact same place.
Paste in Front means it's actually pasting a copy or creating a clone like this as you can say this particular object right in front of it. So now I have two of them. On the second one I could actually take this, maybe move it down here to the bottom, flip it to the inside of the path and then type, maybe here, Hawaii USA. So maybe I can do something that way. If I wanted to actually extend it out beyond the edge of the circle though, how would I do that? Well, I would change the baseline shifts. What I'll do is I'll actually take my Type tool, select a text here, and then I could either go to the Character panel and adjust my baseline shift here or instead I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut for adjusting the baseline shift of text. That's going to be the Option+Shift+Down Arrow; if you're on a PC, that will be Alt+Shift+Down Arrow.
That will now adjust the baseline shift to extend that towards the outside of the circle. So now I've created the effect and the look that I wanted. I have now Surfing is Fun! on top, Hawaii USA in the bottom, but remember I need two shapes to make that happen here inside of Illustrator.
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