Let’s talk about something that’s massively important, but often gets overlooked: type on a path in Illustrator. You’re probably already familiar with the ability to select any text and go effect > warp, but that makes editing your text later on pretty difficult. The truth is, most of graphic design is experimenting, altering and adjusting. Because of this, the need to go back and adjust previously warped text quickly is a big deal. Luckily, Illustrator makes it super easy to customize text appearance along a path with a few handy tools. Prepare to take your layouts to a whole new level with these options in this week’s tutorial! Oh, and just in case you need to reference these tips later, I made you a free cheat sheet, too 😉

perfectly type on a path in illustrator

How to Perfectly Type on a Path in Illustrator

Mentioned in the video:
– The free font used was Raleway Regular

free cheat sheet

Grab your free type on a path in Illustrator cheat sheet (pdf) here!


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First, here’s why you should set type on a path in Illustrator, rather than applying a warp effect:

  1. Easy to edit the type itself
  2. Easy to edit the appearance options
  3. You define the specific path (not automated)
  4. It’s easy to readjust the positioning of the text
  5. You never have to go into isolation mode to edit

Here’s a breakdown of setting type on a path basics from the video:

  1. Create a path using the pencil (‘n’), pen (‘p’) or shape tool.
  2. Apply your type on the path.
  3. Adjust the text’s positioning along the path using the direct selection tool (‘a’) moving the vertical left, center and right lines.
  4. Further alter the text by using the Type on a Path options. These are located here: Type > Type on a Path > Type on a Path Options

Be sure to download the free Type on a Path in Illustrator cheat sheet (above) with screenshot examples for each option!



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  • Just wanted to say that I love your tutorials! I am a teacher and I started back to school last week. I’m exhausted…I was about to go to bed when it hit me…it’s TUESDAY!! So here I am checking out your latest goodness.

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  • Thanks so much for making this easy to follow! Your tutorials are so helpful as I try to teach myself Illustrator. Glad I found you.

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    I would like to put in a request/question…. (probably obvious- but not to me)…. After creating something on illustrator…. how do I USE it elsewhere? How do I print it? How do I make it usable online? How do I make it available as a download? How can I send it in an email? etc. etc.
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  • Your tutorials are always awesome!! Especially having both videos and cheat sheets. So much easier to follow than most tutorials. Thank you!! 🙂

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  • The cheat sheet is that extra step you always take to help your viewers. Thanks for that!

  • While trying to learn Adobe Illustrator on my own, I have always found tutorials to be a little confusing…until I found yours! Your instructions are easy to follow, but more importantly, easy to comprehend.
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  • Oh the cheat sheet! I love you! Thank you so much, Teela!


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