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3 ways to set your type down the right path

Added on Tuesday 15th of September 2009 11:25 pm EST

Fonts are often the cause of PostScript errors and imported graphics with embedded fonts that are missing or corrupt are the worst kind. If you use each program as it was intended, however, you can save yourself a lot of grief. Create your vector art in Adobe Illustrator, for example, and set your type in InDesign. This in no way limits you to plain horizontal text because InDesign has the tools you need, such as the Horizontal Type tool and the Type On A Path command, to create really cool text effects. Let’s have some fun creating three separate text effects right now!

Note: To work along with us as we show you the following techniques, download the image files from the URL listed at the beginning of this article. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)

Taste the rainbow
The Rainbow effect keeps each character’s baseline parallel to the path on which it flows. This is useful when you want to flow text along a simple open or closed path, such as the elliptical path shown in Figure A.


To create a rainbow effect:
1. Create a new InDesign document.
2. Press L to select the Ellipse tool in the Toolbox, and then click on the page to open the Ellipse dialog box. Enter the settings shown in Figure B, and then click OK.


3. Enter 14 pt in the Stroke text box on the Control panel, and then press [enter].
4. Press [shift]T to select the Horizontal Type tool and move your cursor over the path until you see a plus sign next to the I-beam, as shown in Figure C. Click on the path.


5. Choose Type > Fill With Placeholder Text.
6. Press cA ([Ctrl]A in Windows) to select all the text, and then go to the Swatches pa...


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