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Add text at a point, in an area or shape, and on a path as per your design requirement:
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. 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. Follow these steps to enter text in any area of your vector art:
Use any of the following ways 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
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 reduce the file size thereby making it easy to export or print. You may inadvertently create empty type objects if you select the Type tool in the artwork area and then choose another tool. Follow these steps to delete empty type objects:
Choose Object > Path > Clean Up.
Select Empty Text Paths.
Illustrator fills all new type objects with placeholder text. However, follow these steps to disable this default Illustrator behavior:
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.
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.
Follow any of these options:
To update the text without creating a copy, select the type object and choose Type > Legacy Text > Update Selected Legacy Text.
Alternatively, select the text you want to update with Type tool, or double-click the text with the Selection tool and select Update.
If you create a copy of legacy text when you update it, you can use the following commands:
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: