Learn the basics of using text in your Adobe Illustrator CC designs, including adding text, formatting and styling.

Add a line of text

Add a line of text to your Illustrator projects.

 

What you learned: Add a line of text 

  1. Select the Type tool in the Tools panel. With the Type tool selected, click to add new placeholder text to the document, called point type. With the placeholder text selected by default, type to replace it.
  2. Select the Selection tool in the Tools panel. You will see a box around the text. This is called a text object. Drag a corner of the text box to change the size of the text inside.
  3. Drag the text to reposition it.

Add paragraphs of text

Add paragraphs of text to your designs.


What you learned: Add a paragraph of text

  1. Select the Type tool. With the Type tool selected, drag in the Document window to add new placeholder text to the document, called area type. With the placeholder text selected by default, type to replace it. You can place (File > Place) text documents (RTF, Word, TXT, and so on) in a text object.
  2. Drag a corner of the text object to scale the text object and wrap the text within. Text that doesn’t fit in the text object is called overset text and is indicatd by a red plus in the lower-right corner of the frame.
  3. Reposition the text object with the Selection tool.

 

Format text

Explore text formatting such as Typekit fonts and font size.


What you learned: Format text

  1. Select the Type tool and insert the cursor in text. Drag across the text to select it.
  2. In the Properties panel to the right of the document, change text formatting such as font family and font size.
  3. When selecting a font in the Font Family menu, click Add Fonts From Typekit to open the Typekit website, where you can select a font and apply it in Illustrator.
  4. Change the color of text by selecting the text, clicking the fill color in the Properties panel to the right of the document, and choosing a color.

 

Place text on or inside a path

Discover how to add text along a path.


What you learned: Place text along a path

  1. Press Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) and click on the edge of a path to add text.
  2. Drag across the text to select it. In the Properties panel to the right of the document, change text formatting options like fill color, font, and font size.
  3. Select the Selection tool, and move the pointer off of a corner of the text object and drag to rotate.

 

Reshape text

Reshape text in creative ways using outlines and the Direct Selection tool.

 

What you learned: Reshape text

  1. Select the Selection tool and click to select a text object.
  2. Choose Type > Create Outlines to convert the text to editable paths.
  3. Choose Object > Ungroup to be able to move the letters independently.
  4. With the Selection tool, drag each letter separately.
  5. Select the Direct Selection tool and drag across part of a letter to select anchor points.
  6. Drag one of the selected anchor points to move all selected anchor points and reshape a letter.
08/07/2017

Presenter: Brian Wood

Designer: Erica Larson

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