Text on a path
Path text is a variation of Artistic text which follows a line, curve or outline of a shape
Applying text to a path allows you to explore a whole range of diverse typographical designs. The path can be created from any line, curve or shape drawn using any of the line or shape tools. These include, but are not limited to, the Pen Tool, Pencil Tool, and Ellipse Tool. The only criterion is that a line, curve or shape must exist on the page before path text can be implemented.
When a line, curve or shape is converted to a path to accommodate text, the original object is discarded. If you wish to retain the original object, we recommend duplicating it first.
To achieve natural looking text while working on your design, from the Text menu, select Insert Filler Text.
Modifying path text
Once the path has been created, you can modify the end points of the path to expand or restrict the section on which text will flow. The end points of the path section are indicated by orange triangles.
If text extends beyond the end points of a section, it will flow onto a second path (if one is available) or wrap around to follow the path in the opposite direction. If this occurs, additional path end points will become available so this new section can be adjusted separately. A second path may be available if you have created your path using a shape which has an enclosed space, such as a Donut.
Furthermore, you can also control the distance between the text and the path (i.e., the Baseline) and the direction in which the text flows along the path.
Each path section can have a different Baseline value.
Reshaping the path object
You can reshape the path object at any point using the Node Tool. If your text path object originated from one of the Shape tools, you can modify it as if it was still the original geometric shape. Text already present on the path will reflow along the changing path when the object is reshaped.
For more information on reshaping a path object, see the Edit curves and shapes and Draw and edit shapes topics.
To create path text:
Select a previously drawn line, curve or shape.
From the Tools panel, select Artistic Text Tool.
Position the cursor close to the line, curve or shape's outline.
The cursor will change to indicate path text will be created.
Click or drag on the page for a default or custom 'sized' text size, respectively.
The line, curve or shape is converted to a path ready for accommodating text.
Do one of the following:
Type your text
Paste previously copied text.
From the Text menu, select Insert Text from File. In the pop-up dialog, navigate to and select a file, and click Open.
Alternatively, select a previously drawn line, curve or shape and then, from the Layer menu, select Convert to Text Path.
To modify the flow of path text:
With the path text selected, do one of the following:
Drag one or more path end points.
On the context toolbar, set the Baseline option.
On the context toolbar, click Reverse Text Path.
When positioning path end points, the following modifier keys can be used:
The constrains the distance between the end points, moving the entire path (and text) position.
The ignores snapping points along the path.
The moves end points symmetrically.
Text Tools and the
The uses the following logic when a Text Tool is active:
If the is used when glyphs (characters) are selected, the glyphs are deselected but the caret (cursor) remains inside the text object. (You can then continue editing the text within the text object.)
If the caret is inside the text object and no glyphs are selected, the will remove the caret and select the text object. (You can then press V to switch to the Move Tool to reposition the text object.)
With the text object selected, pressing the will deselect the text object.
Resizing path object
When resizing a path object you can control whether:
Text remains at its set size and reflows across the path.
Text scales as the path is resized.
To reflow text:
With the path object selected, do one of the following:
To resize height and width simultaneously, drag the object's corner handles.
To resize height and width independently, drag the object's side handles.
To scale text:
With the path object selected, drag the object's scale handle (extends from the bottom-right corner of the selection).
Using placeholder text
If you're designing before full copy has been written, you can use placeholder (filler) text to help you progress with your project.
To add filler text:
With the path text object selected, from the Text select Insert Filler Text.
Working with text
Artistic Text Tool