Setting & Adjusting the Type on a PathNow, you'll select the Text Tool (Tap: T)
Before clicking in the image window, you may want to set all your text attributes... color, font, size, etc. Hover the tool cursor over the path you've drawn, don't click yet, and carefully observe the cursor icon.
Note that the standard text cursor has a vertical leg that represents the insertion point, and a horizontal leg that represents the baseline of the text.
When you move that cursor and hover over a path, that horizontal baseline becomes an angled shape. This is the tell-tale signal that the Text tool has now gone into text-on-a-path mode.
Once the cursor transforms, use the intersection between the vertical bar and the crooked bar and CLICK on the path.
The anchors and handles go away, and a blinking insertion point appears on the path. You're now ready to key in the text.
Once your text is keyed in, you can Select All (Cmd/Ctrl A) and use the Character Palette to change any/all attributes of your text.
Here, we've set character tracking to -10, which tightens the text -- moving the characters closer together -- while at the same time stretched the type to 150% using the horizontal scale settings. You can experiment in this dialog to fine-tune your type or even change type faces. The screen should update each time you click out of one of the fields.
Moving the Type
To slide the type along the baseline, choose the Direct Select tool and hover it towards the origin point of the text. Again you'll see the tool transform itself into yet another cursor shape. This time the insertion point gets a black arrow, as shown at left.
Click and slowly drag the origin of the type to its new location.
Remember you can move the whole layer to fine-tune the type location, and you can use the Direct Select pointer to re-adjust the path by merely clicking on an anchor or the path. This is very handy. Just be careful to watch that cursor -- getting close to the type will kick it into the type-mover tool.
It's good to experiment and move that cursor around until you're familiar with how the tool works.
Be Careful! Clicking and dragging on the wrong element can have negative results!
These tools behave differently on different machines depending on RAM, clock speed and monitor resolution. On this G5 iMac, things happen very quickly. On slower machines or Windows, have patience with the lag time.
Congratulations, you did it!
Now, let's continue to work with circular text...
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