Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating skewed path type, part of Type Project: Victorian Ad.
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Our first step is to create our type on a path, specifically, I'm referring to this. I'm going to switch now to the beginning state, and this document is a tabloid size, landscape orientation art board. It has just the plain text already in place and there is also a second layer, if we look at the layers panel we have two layers. A second layer on which I've placed a source inspiration. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select these two words.
Copy those. Move the remainder of the text onto the paste board. I now need to create a path to put those two words onto. So I'm going to choose my pen tool. Click, click, click. And I'm dragging as I click to create a path in that sort of shape. Currently, it's fill. I don't want it filled, so I am going to toggle these values, shift + x and we see that we have a path that looks like this.
Now, in order to guarantee a result that is going to be more or less the same as what you saw as the finished state. Rather than use this path, I'm going to use one that I made earlier. It's also on the artwork layer. So I'm going to delete the one that I just drew and select the one that's already created. It's down here on the paste board and I can just drag this over into place. So with the path created, I'm going to now switch to my type tool by tapping the T key.
You can see that my cursor changes its shape when I hover over that path. I'll click at the beginning of the path and then press Cmd+ or Ctrl+V to paste my text onto the path. Cmd+ or Ctrl+A will select all of the text. Now I'm going to change the type face to P22 Victorian swatch and I'm going to increase its size dramatically. I'm going to do this using a keyboard shortcut Cmd + shift more then.
Or Ctrl + shift more than. And basically I want it to fill as much of that path as it possibly can without falling off the end. But we can see that the problem here is that the rotation of each of the letters is determined by the angle of the path on which we put the letters. We don't want that to be the case. So, what I need to do is change my type on a path option from Rainbow to Skew. And this is really the punch line of this movie.
We have different type on a path options, and the one we want, in this case, is Skew. So that the letters have a more vertical orientation. I can now increase the size of those letters a little bit more, getting them all the way to the end of the path. Now, we need to do more in terms of refining this text, in terms of its placement on the art board, and in terms of its tracking and kerning, and that's what we'll do in the next movie.
Check out the Pinterest board for this course at Victorian Typography for more inspiration.