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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:
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:
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:
Use any of the following ways to define a bounding area:
Select the Rectangle tool (M) and drag diagonally to create a rectangular object.
Select shape tools such as Ellipse tool , Polygon tool or any shape tool to create an object.
Select Area Type tool or Vertical Area Type tool .
Click anywhere on the path of your object. Your object is now filled with placeholder text.
You can enter text on any path or shape outline. Follow these steps to learn how:
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.
Choose Object > Path > Clean Up.
Select Empty Text Paths.
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.
By default, Illustrator fills all new type objects with placeholder text.
Follow these steps to fill selected objects with placeholder text:
Create a type object or select an existing one on the artboard.
Choose Type > Fill With Placeholder Text.
You can wrap area text around any object, including type objects, imported images, and objects you draw.
Make sure that the type object you want to wrap your text around is:
Select the object around which your text is wrapped.
Choose Object > Text Wrap > Release.
You can further customize the way you wrap your text by setting the following wrap options.
You can set wrap options before or after you wrap the text.
Choose Object > Text Wrap > Text Wrap Options and specify the following options:
Type objects created in Illustrator 10 and earlier are uneditable until you update them for use in later versions. After you update you have access to all the text features in Illustrator CS5 and later releases, such as paragraph and character styles, optical kerning, and full OpenType® font support.
When opening the document, click Update when prompted by Illustrator.
After opening the document, choose Type > Legacy Text > Update All Legacy Text.
To update the text without creating a copy, select the type object and choose Type > Legacy Text > Update Selected Legacy Text. Alternatively, select a type tool and click in the text that you want to update, or double-click the text that you want to update using the Selection tool. Then click Update.
To preserve the legacy text on a layer below the updated text, select a type tool and click in the text that you want to update. Alternatively, double-click the text that you want to update using the Selection tool. Then click Copy Text Layer. This allows you to compare the layout of the legacy text to the updated text.
If you create a copy of legacy text when you update it, you can use the following commands:
Type > Legacy Text > Show Copies or Hide Copies to show or hide the copied text objects.
Type > Legacy Text > Select Copies to select copied text objects.
Type > Legacy Text > Delete Copies to delete copied text objects.
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: