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Circular Text in Illustrator

by | Sep 21, 2014 | Articles, Illustrator, Tutorials | 0 comments

Circular Text in Illustrator

Type plays such an important role in design that it is impossible to ignore. Any tips or techniques you can pick up to make your time better will only make your designs even better. A lot of designers know how to create text on a path in Adobe Illustrator. For some reason though, designers have difficulty realizing that they can place text on a shape as well, such as a circle. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to create circular text in Illustrator.

Many people will use the pen tool to draw out a path for their text to follow. The great thing about illustrator is that the shape will work the same way. In the tutorial, I select the Ellipse Tool and draw a perfect circle holding the shift key. By clicking and holding on the text tool in the tools panel of Adobe Illustrator, you can select one of the sub tools. The one we need is the type on a path tool.

circular text

Once we have the correct tool selected, it’s just a matter of clicking on the circle path. The stroke of the circle becomes invisible, but the text cursor appears. Now, we can enter the text that we desire. You can see from the tutorial that I use at the selection and the direct selection tools to select the control handles for where the text begins and ends. This gives you complete control over the placement of your text around the circular shape. You can even control whether the text is on the inside or the outside of the circle by clicking and dragging upward or downward.


With the tips that I’ve shown you in this video tutorial, you’ll be able to create circular text in Adobe Illustrator. You’ll have total control over how it looks and behaves, enabling you to create professional circular text designs in no time at all. Do you have any questions about creating circular text in Adobe Illustrator? If so, where you have any tips to add, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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