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How to use type path like a text box

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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Im trying to curve text around something BUT i want it to behave like a text box. I don't want to type vertically or along the path, if that makes any sense.

 

Like, if I started typing, it wouldn't go along the path, the first letter would stay on the path and I'd type away from the path, then when I hit enter, the first letter I type will be on the path and so on.

 

This may not even be a thing but I thought I'd ask if anyone knew how to do this.

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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In former Illustrator versions that was possible with type on a path and Tate-Chu-Yoko. Unfortunately, that way does not work anymore in recent Illustrator versions.

 

Are you always using numbers with four digits?

 

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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In this document, yes.

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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In other documents it's at least always the same number of digits?

 

Or does it vary (123, 1234, 12345, 123456 etc.)?

 

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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Always the same number of digits. This one is 4. The next one I think is 3.

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Mar 30, 2023 Mar 30, 2023

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Well, then one way I'd recommend is to create a scatter brush consisting of a dummy type object, draw the desired path, apply the scatter brush with appropriate settings (spacing, rotation relative to path), expand its appearance, possibly make threaded text and fill in your numbers.

 

Keep in mind that more often than not you may have to add a certain number of anchor points to the path of the scatter brush in order to get smooth results. There are different ways to do that (Object menu > Path > Add anchor points or as an effect with the Roughen effect for example).

 

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Apr 03, 2023 Apr 03, 2023

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Or like this:

 

Vertical Numbers on Path (Illustrator sample file)

 

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Mentor ,
Apr 03, 2023 Apr 03, 2023

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just use the vertical type on a path tool...

eh, ignore this, I didn't see Kurt's answer...

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Apr 03, 2023 Apr 03, 2023

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Not quite, Met.

 

The basic functionality of the Vertical Type on a Path tool does not allow the requested behaviour. One has to juggle it a bit.

 

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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Ah ha, interesting.

So in your file, it's just the text that is formatted in a specific way?

I can take that text and apply it to any standard stroked item (and it works) but if I paste it into a standard text box it's just a continuous single line of text. All I can see is a space separating each four numbers, so how are you setting this up?

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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It's Tate-Chu-Yoko. You have to turn on the East Asian Language options in the preferences to use it.

 

In older Illustrator versions Tate-Chu-Yoko was a bit easier to handle, such that you could create line breaks just with the Enter key. That ability was removed some years ago and today the Enter key immediately creates an irreparable overset situation.

 

But it's still useful sometimes.

 

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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Cool, thanks Kurt.

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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It's not perfect but this is Area Type - add text within shapes. It needs some finessing with spacing, but it basically does the job. To get the numbers to follow the arc you make an enclosed shape that you can then click that path to add the Area Type. 

 

thejanebradbury_0-1680633633005.png

 

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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Thanks thejane but the text doesn't change angle as it goes around the curve (i.e. stays perpendicular to it) as the OPs picture shows...

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Apr 04, 2023 Apr 04, 2023

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I know. But I'd have the text in a duplicate shape and then rotate that shape to the desired position. As I said, it doesn't work straight out of the box, but I thought it might be an option. 

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