Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with point and path text, part of Illustrator CS4 Getting Started.
In addition to creating text inside of a frame, which is called Area text inside…Illustrator, you can also create two other varieties of text, which are Point…text and Path text and I am going to introduce you to both in this exercise.…I am working inside a document called Stickers With Address.ai found inside the…Exercise Files folder. I am going to go ahead and scroll up and zoom in on this…text right here. Notice that it's just a couple of lines of text and it's…aligned to a point. If a click on it, you can see a point right there, square…point, right there in the center of the text and that's the alignment point.…
Now it looks like there is a frame around this text but there isn't really.…That's just a bounding box. If I went up to the View menu and chose Hide…Bounding Box, then that frame will disappear. There is no text frame in this…case which means Illustrator does not automatically wrap the text down to…another line, making it perfect for creating specialty texts like headlines and…
- Working with point and path text
- Selecting, isolating, and combining paths
- Reshaping paths and working with control handles
- Rounding corners
- Using Live Paint
Skill Level Beginner
Q: I'm using a pressure brush with a graphics tablet while following along with this course. But when the author clicks and holds in the "Brushes and blobs" movie, he gets an expanding oval, where I get nothing or just a sharp-edged line. My brush doesn't seem to be responding to pressure. What should I do?
A: When you first install a Wacom (or other brand of) tablet, the pressure
options may not at first take hold.
After installing the tablet, try this:
- Confirm that the pressure is working in the Wacom (or other) control
- Quit Illustrator and the other programs.
- Restart your computer.
- Then relaunch Illustrator and try again.