Path and Area Text
Creating Type That Conforms to Shapes or Paths
- Create shape of desired path or object.
- Select the Path Type tool.
- Pay attention! The object you want type to conform to will disappear, so if you want to preserve it, copy it now!
- Click on the object's path or outline. Do not click inside or outside the object or you will just create normal text.
- Type in your desired text.
Text conforming to curved path:
Everything about the object is still editable, from the text to the path. If you want to edit the text, use the Type tool as normal. If you want to edit the curve, use the Direct Selection tool as normal.
Area Type and Text Blocks
- Create two rectangles with heights that span the height of the page. Move them so there's space between them.
- The object you want type to constrain to will disappear, so if you want to preserve it, copy it now.
- Select the Area Type tool.
- Click on the object's outline. Do not click inside or outside of the object or you will just create normal text.
- Type, or copy and paste, more text than the shape can fit. An Overflow icon () will appear at the bottom right of the shape.
- Select both the text object and the other rectangle.
- Select Type > Blocks > Link. The text should then flow into the the other rectangle.
Text constrained to a rectangle
Text flowing into another rectangle
You can link text to other shapes beyond just rectangles: any shape object can have text constrained to it.
You can also make the text conform to shapes within text blocks.
- Create a shape and move it over the text.
- Select the text block and your shape.
- Select Type > Wrap > Make. The text should wrap around the shape as shown in the example.
You can move this shape later using the Direct Selection tool.