For this Illustrator
Tutorial we will be adding text to a circle
although you can add text in the same way
to any path or vector shape.
Select the 'Elipse
from the main tools menu, then click and drag
to create a circle on the new document, as
I've mentioned before if you press the shift
key while creating the circle it will constrain
the circle making the height and width exactly
the same size.
Now we have the circle drawn we need to select
the 'type on a path
tool' again from the tools menu as
Then we click the text
tool on the path (outer line of the circle),
if the circle had a stroke, this should now
disappear and a flashing line will appear
as seen below.
Next type in the words you want round the
curve, while the text is selected you can
choose fonts and different text sizes. Now
the text is added you can position the text
by dragging the text bar with the selection
as highlighted below. I usually drag a guide
on to the document so I can see when the
text is level. To do this press 'Ctrl
+ R' this shows rulers round the
document, then with the selection tool,
click on the ruler and drag a guide to where
you want it.
the final positioned text and guide, as you
can see I have positioned the text so it just
touches the guide on the left and the right.
to see how to invert
the text on a curve or path. You
can also add text to a path created using
the pen tool, this follows pretty much the
same rules as the above tutorial.