I have a circle that I added text to and it goes from left to right works fine.
The issue is adding text to the bottom to the circle. I have an Illustrator book but this is not covered.
Please enlighten me and point me to this process.
In Illustrator this will require another copy of the circle on which to add the text you wish to be at the bottom.
Can you provide more detailed instructions? Please I am so lost. I have Illustraator CS5, CS6, and CC – which version did you get this to work on? Did you use the "type on a path tool?" did you need to cut the circle in half? my text ALWAYS ends up backwards! But I've only been trying in Illustrator CC and I have tried duplicating the circle many, may times
I know it's a year later and you've most likely solved this by now but i feel like everyone is so confusing in their answers.. so here's how I do it:
1. Draw a circle
2. Use the 'Type on a Path' tool, and click on the edge of the circle, write what you need to write, and then highlight the text.
3. Go to Type > Type on a Path > Type on a Path options > make sure it's set to 'Rainbow', the check box that says 'Flip' needs to be ticked, and then make sure it says Descender next to the 'Align to Path' box.
And to have it go the same way, in other words the opposite way, as shown by Larry, use the (not Direct) Selection Tool and ClickDrag the I beam at the start of the Type and drag it across the path; adjust with the A/a arrow value in the Character palette if needed.
Instead of creating another circle, you may cut the circle into upper and lower half; in any case, you may group the pair.
Just to elaborate, DigitalBiz:
If you cut the circle, you may Object>Transform>Reflect the lower part vertically to get the direction right instead of ClickDragging.
Thanks very much, I will play with these ideas....
For my part you are welcome, DigitalBiz.
I've tried this and my type is still backwards? what version of Illustrator are you using? are you using illustrator? or is it photoshop?
You need to reflect only the path, not the text object.
You might want to read the documentation about type on a path
In case you want help on a specific project, please post a screenshot.
Also, Type>Type on Path>Type on Path Options is very helpful in the alignment.
I have CS-6 and this does not work. I need vertical text at the bottom of my circle and I CANNOT get anything to work.
What exactly did you try and what exactly does not work?
Do the controls not show?
Menu commands not there?
Which device are you using?
Any third party plugins?
When you use text on a path, you will have 3 lines. Two lines with a square, and a plain center line. Select the center line with the Direct Select tool, and drag it towards the center of the circle. Then drag it around to center the type as you require. Use baseline shift if you want it outside of the circle.
what has happened to the third line, the one I can drag mt text around with?! Adobe why did you take it away??
I finally found it, but it comes and goes. It's not always there like it
used to be. All three were always visible, now it's quite tricky to get
that directional line to be visible.
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Are you hitting CTRL+ Down Arrow when it disappears? CTRL+ Up Arrow brings it back
I'm having the SAME problem, did you ever get this figured out? and if so how? and what version of illustrator did you use?
I was also struggling with this until I played around after seeing edgrimleys' post. So see the first pic he posted? That text prompt line you need to 'Direct Select' it and then holding it down drag it to the INSIDE of the circle so the text prompt line will now be inside the circle like edgrimleys' 2nd pic. Now you should be able to type at the bottom of the circle.
P.S. I copied my original circle so I had one circle with text at the top then a 2nd circle with text at bottom. Hope this helps.
It is actually two years later, or up to ten years and a half later, arising in a quite different time when the rainbow was still only something in the sky.