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Learn how to add text and work with type objects, and wrap text in your vector art.

Whether you create a logo, brochure, banner, or any artwork, you can add text in 3 different ways to enrich your design. You can also delete empty type objects, remove default placeholder text, fill only selected type objects with placeholder text, and wrap text.

Watch a quick video tutorial and get started

Watch this 1 minute 24 seconds video to learn how to create a logo using text in Illustrator. 

Create your logo now. Click Get Started to launch Adobe Illustrator:

Add text in 3 different ways

Whether you want to add a title, paragraph, or 3D text, you can quickly add text at a point, in an area or shape, and on a path from supported formats as per your design requirement. Read on to know more about how to add text in 3 different ways:

Enter text at a point

Enter text on a path or shape outline

Enter text in an area

Enter text at a point

Point type is a horizontal or vertical line of text that begins where you click and expands as you enter characters. Each line of text is independent. The line expands or shrinks as you enter or delete the text, but doesn’t wrap to the following line. You can use this to enter just a few words in your artwork.

You can follow these steps to enter text at a point:

Add text at any point

  1. Select the Type tool   (T) or the Vertical Type tool  

  2. Click anywhere to enter your text. Press Enter or Return to begin a new line of text within the same type object.

  3. Click the Selection tool   (V) to select the type object.

Enter text in an area

Area type (also called paragraph type) uses the boundaries of an object to control the flow of characters, either horizontally or vertically. When the text reaches a border, it automatically wraps to fit inside the defined area. This is used to create text with one or more paragraphs, such as a brochure.

Follow these steps to enter text in any area of your vector art:

  1. Use any of the following ways to define a bounding area:

    Drag to define a bounding area

    Drag to define a bounding area

    Select the Rectangle tool   (M) and drag diagonally to create a rectangular object.

    convert any shape to bounding area

    Convert a shape into a bounding area

    Select shape tools such as Ellipse tool  , Polygon tool   or any shape tool to create an object.

  2. Select Area Type tool   or Vertical Area Type tool  .

  3. Click anywhere on the path of your object. Your object is now filled with placeholder text.

  4. Enter your text.

Enter text on a path

You can enter text on any path or shape outline. Follow these steps to learn how:

Add text on any path or shape outline

  1. Draw a path or shape.

  2. Select the Type on a Path tool   or Vertical Type on a Path tool   .

  3. Click at the beginning of the path or at any point on the shape border.

    Your path or the border of your shape is now filled with placeholder text.

  4. Enter your text.

Now that you know how to add text, read on to know how you can delete empty type objects, fill type objects with placeholder text, and wrap text around an object.

Delete empty type objects from your artwork

Delete unused type objects to make your artwork easier to print and reduce the file size. You can create empty type objects if you inadvertently click the Type tool   in the artwork area and then choose another tool.

  1. Choose Object > Path > Clean Up.

  2. Select Empty Text Paths.

Fill type objects with placeholder text

Fill your type objects with placeholder text to visualize your design better. By default, Illustrator automatically fills newly objects created with placeholder text. The placeholder text retains the font and size applied to the previous type object.

Fill any area or path with placeholder text
Fill any area or path with placeholder text

Remove default placeholder text

By default, Illustrator fills all new type objects with placeholder text.

Follow these steps to disable this default Illustrator behavior:

  1. Go to Edit > Preferences > Type.

  2. Uncheck Fill New Type Objects With Placeholder Text.

Fill selected type objects with placeholder text

You can add placeholder text for selected objects.

Follow these steps to fill selected objects with placeholder text:

  1. Create a type object or select an existing one on the artboard.

  2. Choose Type > Fill With Placeholder Text.

Wrap text around an object

You can wrap area text around any object, including type objects, imported images, and objects you draw.

Before you proceed

Make sure that the type object you want to wrap your text around is:

  • An area type (typed in a box).
  • In the same layer as the wrap object.
  • Located directly under the wrap object in the layer’s hierarchy.
  • If the layer contains multiple type objects, move the objects you don’t want to wrap the text around into another layer or above the wrap object.
Wrap text around any object or shape
Wrap text around any object or shape

Wrap text around an object

  1. Select the object or objects around which you want to wrap the text.

  2. Choose Object > Text Wrap > Make.

Unwrap text from an object

  1. Select the object around which your text is wrapped.

  2. Choose Object > Text Wrap > Release.

You can further customize the way you wrap your text by setting the following wrap options.

Set wrap options

You can set wrap options before or after you wrap the text.

Options to wrap text around an object
Options to wrap text around an object

  1. Select the wrap object.
  2. Choose Object > Text Wrap > Text Wrap Options and specify the following options:

    • Offset: Specifies the amount of space between the text and the wrap object. You can enter a positive or negative value.
    • Invert Wrap: Wraps the text around the reverse side of the object.

Tips and tricks

Now that you know how to add text to your artwork, here are a few tips and tricks while you work with text in an area:

  • Do not click an existing object when you work with the Type tool. Doing so converts the type object into Area Type to enter text in an area or Type on a path to enter text on a path. You can lock or hide the object to keep it as it is.
  • Set the bounding box setting to Show Bounding Box. If you cannot see the bounding box, click View > Show Bounding Box.
  • You can use the Area Type tool   to define the bounding area for an object with an open path. Illustrator draws an imaginary line between the ends of the path to define the boundaries.
  • To convert a shape into a text area, make sure to click on the path and not inside the path.

What's next?

We've got you started with how to add text and work with type objects. Take a step forward and learn how to manage text areathread text, and creating type on a path.

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