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Typing on a path question.

New Here ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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I took a font sized 1000 letter and converted it to an outline by: Type > Create Outline.

 

I want to type text on a curve of this giant letter.  But if I select the Type on a Path Tool, it does not want to grab the edges of the letter.  I know I can make a path with text if I make a simple elipse.

 

How can I type on a path using the edges of this giant letter?

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Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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Hello @Mrods 

 

To type text on a curve, you first need to make the curve "shape you want to type on then select the type on path tool, you need to do this with live tesxt not outlined text.

 

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Mike

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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I think you have misunderstood the question: the OP has converted a single letter to outline and wants to create live text on it, following the shape of the outlined letter.

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But if I select the Type on a Path Tool, it does not want to grab the edges of the letter.  


It should work, I just tested it successfullyCapture d’écran 2021-10-19 à 17.22.42.jpg

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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Hi there,

 

Thank you for reaching out. If the outline letter is still under text frame. Then you may select the outline letter, ctrl or cmd + X to cut, and ctrl or cmd + V to paste. Once it is free of the text frame, you may go to letter edges, and you will be able to grab the edges of the letter and will get a + sign when the Type on path tool is selected. I hope it helps!

 

Regards,

Anshul Saini

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New Here ,
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I wonder what I am doing wrong then.

 

After I convert the giant letter to an outline, the letter has a blue box (text frame?) around it.  The Type on a Path tool never adds the + around any of the edges of the letter.  Selecting the letter, cutting, pasting only makes the exact same outline with another text frame.

 

It sounds like the real problem is the text frame still around the outline?  But I don't see a way to remove it. 

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Can you post a screenshot? Or better, share the file?

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New Here ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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Sure! Here is the file.  Nothing special about it. I simply created a new file and duplicated what I had.    You can see my typing on a path is susscessful with a simple elipse.  But I can't seem to be able to type on the edge of a letter.  What you did with the S is exactly what I am trying to accomplish. 

 

And what I am doing is:
1. Type the letter.
2. Select letter, go to Type > Create Outlines.  

3. Select Type on Path tool, but the tool never gets the + to indicate it has found the outlines of the letter.

 

I figured there is a missing step I am not doing or something I am doing wrong to not properly convert the letter into a path that I can use for typing on.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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That is exactly the problem that Brad @ Roaring Mouse found out: there is a counter in the A and it seems that it is why you can't type on the A path, unless you release the compound path.

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New Here ,
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Does the same apply with other letters of having to release the compound path?  I had also tried to type on the inside of Q but was unable to.  

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New Here ,
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Actually, I've been playing with it more!  So some letters not a problem.  But how can I properly type on the inside of say a Q?  I released the compound path which blackens the counter.  I set the color to the center to white.  But when I type on the inside of the Q with the type on path, it seems to be typing inside the actual Q and  not in the counter.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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You need to flip the orientation. Once you type your copy, select the direct selection tool and hover near the center of the text near the baseline and you will see the icon change to a line with arrow. Once you see that, press down on the mouse and pull the text to the inside of the oval.

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New Here ,
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.   Tweaking the tracking and shifting is no big deal for these curves from here on in.  But wow I couldn't believe I missed that tiny little line for the orientation.

 

 

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Is it a letter with a counter? (like a letter "O"?). It seems the Type on Path tool only works on single-path letters.

It is possible to release the Compound Path on a letter like an "O", but that of course makes the counter fill with colour.

 

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I've been having the problem with any letter with closed or open counters.

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