Type Tool in illustrator

In this blog, we will be learning about Type Tool in illustrator by Lalit M S Adhikari at LTY.

Type tool in illustrator is one of the most widely used tool in Graphic Designing, to create typographical designs or text for digital or print designs, ads etc. In this blog post, I will be talking about the basics and different options you have with the different type tools available in the Adobe Illustrator.



Type tool

To access the type tool go to the toolbar on the left side of the Illustrator interface and select the ‘T’ Type tool. If you hover over the ‘T’ option can also see the name of the tool which is ‘Type tool’. Or for the shortcut, you can press ‘T’ on your keyboard.

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So, if we click and hold down the type tool option, you will see a fly-out menu open up where there are other type options like:

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  • Area Type tool
  • Type on the Path Tool
  • Vertical Type tool
  • Vertical Area Type Tool
  • Vertical Type on a Path Tool
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On the extreme right-hand side of the fly-out menu, there is a ‘small triangle’. And if you click on this triangle the fly-out menu will convert into a small dialogue box which will make your usage of type tool a bit easier.

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After you select the type tool, you have to click on the ‘stage’ or ‘Canvas’ before you write anything. A blinking cursor will appear which will means you can type your text.

The only way you can get out of this ‘type tool selection’ is by clicking on the selection Tool or click ‘Ctrl + Enter’ on your keyboard.

If you select the type tool and then click and hold down, you can make a box. And then you can type into this box or paste any text that you’ve copied.

After you’ve deselected the selection you can manipulate the shape of the box and the arrangement of text will change according to its shape.

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The options in the type tool of Illustrator are similar to the options of type tool in Adobe Photoshop. To know more about type tool option you can see in my blog post on Type Panel in Adobe Photoshop.


Area Type Tool

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You can take any shape, click on the edge of the path and then you can start typing or place your text.  And this text will fill the area that you’ve created.

This option is beneficial if you are making any info-graphics or icons. And you can apply all the type tool and paragraph options in your text.


Type on a Path Tool

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If you create any shape, let’s say ellipse. And then after selecting this type option, you can click on the edge of the path.

You will see a ‘Squiggly’ blinking cursor over the edge of your shape and as you type you will see that your text will cover the edge of your shape.

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You can click on the ‘direct selection tool’ and change the placement of the text by tampering with the ‘little lines’ sticking out of the shape.

And it can push your text around or if you hold ‘Shift’ key and drag the text inside, your text will be inside the edge of the circle.

There is a small point in the edge of the path and you can manipulate the shape of the path by selecting the direct selection tool while clicking and dragging on it.

This will not distort the type but it can distort the space of the type.


Vertical Type Options in the Type Tool

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This is a Type tool where it types downwards. If you make a box and type any text like I’ve explained above while selecting this type option then the text will run from top to bottom instead of left to right.

It will be the same as the Vertical Area or Vertical Type on Path Tool.


Wrapping Text around Graphics

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To wrap a text around any image of graphics, first you have to select the type tool and drag out the text box, then write or copy your text.

After doing that import the graphics, image or any shape you want to wrap around and place it over the text box like I did below.

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Then click on the first one and ‘Shift’ click on the other one, go to object in the options menu bar and select the text wrap option.

A fly-out menu will open up as you hover your cursor over the text wrap option. The first option in this menu is ‘make’ and you need to select on that.

And this option will automatically wrap your text around your object.

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There is another option available in Adobe Illustrator for doing this wrapping is if you want to wrap your text around a bit more complicated shape. Drag the text box and write your text on the same way as I’ve described above.

Now, go to the object option, select the ‘text wrap’ and then in the fly-out menu select the ‘text wrap options’ which is under the ‘make’ option.

As you click on that option it will open up a dialogue box which has ‘offset option’ where you can change the settings of the text wrap to fit more precisely around your shape or graphics.


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