How to Make Circular Text in Illustrator

How to Make Circular Text in Illustrator – Learn how to create a circular text mask and type on a path in Adobe Illustrator.

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Introduction

If you want to create text that looks like it’s wrapped around a circle, you can do so easily in Adobe Illustrator. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Create a new document in Illustrator.

2. Type out the text you want to wrap around a circle.

3. Select the “Text” tool from the toolbar and click on the text to select it.

4. With the text selected, click on the “Text” menu and choose “Create Outlines.” This will convert your text into shapes.

5. With the shapes still selected, click on the “Object” menu and choose “Envelope Distort.” Then choose “Make with Marker.”

6. Click on the center point of the circle you want to wrap your text around and then drag outwards to create a marker. Release the mouse button when you’re satisfied with the placement of your marker.

7. Your text should now be wrapped around the circle! You can adjust the placement of your text by moving the marker point around or by changing the size of your circle.

What You’ll Need

To create circular text in Illustrator, you’ll first need to create a circle. To do this, select the Ellipse tool from the main toolbar, or press “L” on your keyboard. Then click and drag on your Artboard to create a circle.

Next, you’ll need to add some text. To do this, select the Type tool from the main toolbar, or press “T” on your keyboard. Then click inside the circle and type out your text.

Now that you have your text, you’ll need to convert it into outlines. To do this, select the text with the Type tool and then go to Type > Create Outlines.

Finally, you’ll need to adjust the path of the outlines so that they follow the shape of the circle. To do this, select the Selection tool from the main toolbar (or press “V” on your keyboard), and then click and drag on one of the anchor points of an outline until it snaps into place along the edge of the circle. Repeat this process for all of the anchor points until all of the text is circular.

Step One: Create Your Text

To create your text, first open Adobe Illustrator and create a new project. In the toolbar, select the “T” icon which stands for “Type.” Type out the text you want to make into a circle. If you want to change the font, size, or color of your text, select the Type tool again and highlight the text you want to change. In the top toolbar, you’ll be able to select different options for your font.

Step Two: Convert Your Text to Outlines

The next step is to convert your text to outlines. This will allow you to manipulate the individual letters as if they were shapes. To do this, simply select your text with the Selection Tool (V) and go to Type > Create Outlines.

Now that your text is converted to outlines, you can use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to edit individual points and customize your text however you’d like. For our purposes, we’re going to add some curved lines to give our text a more circular feel. To do this, simply click on a point with the Direct Selection Tool and drag it in the direction you’d like it to go.

You can also add new points by clicking on the path with the Add Anchor Point Tool (+). This will give you more control over the shape of your letters. Be sure to experiment until you have a result that you’re happy with. When you’re done, simply select all of your objects and go to Object > Group (Ctrl/Cmd+G) to group them together.

Step Three: Expand the Outline

Now that you have your text ready to go, it’s time to expand the outline. This will turn your text into a vector object that you can manipulate however you want. To do this, simply select the text with the Selection tool and go to Object > Expand.

Step Four: Add a Circle Shape

Before we can add our circular text, we need to add a circle shape to our document. To do this, go to the “Shapes” tool in the toolbar and select the “Ellipse” option. Then, click and drag on your canvas to create a circle.

Step Five: Align the Text to the Circle

To align the text to the circle, simply select both the text and the circle and go to Object > Align > Align To Selection.

Step Six: Adjust the Path

Now that your text is all set, you just need to adjust the path a bit to make it fit your design. Use the Direct Selection tool (A) to click on the endpoint of the path and move it in or out until you’re happy with how it looks. You can also use the Pen tool (P) to click on individual points and move them around.

Step Seven: Add Your Text Back In

Now that you have your text on a path, you can add it back into your Illustrator document. Simply select the Type tool from the Tools palette and click anywhere on the path to create a new text layer. Type out your text, and then adjust the font, size, color, and alignment as needed.

Conclusion

Creating circular text is a great way to add a unique spin to your designs. And luckily, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. With a few simple steps, you can achieve this effect in Adobe Illustrator. So grab your coffee and let’s get started!

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