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  1. This is the trick you need to put text in a circle
  2. Draw a circle and select the Path Type tool
  3. Place cursor
  4. Add text
  5. Double circle
  6. Flip text using the Path Type Options dialog box
  7. The note
  8. Rotate text to the bottom of the circle
  9. Add artwork

This is the trick you need to put text in a circle

The type on the path follows the edge of an open or closed path. An interesting aspect of this feature is that the outline of the shape is used as the baseline for the text. The baseline is the invisible line on which the characters sit. While the baseline may vary from font to font, it is consistent within the font. Rounded letters such as “e” may extend slightly below the baseline. The only character in the alphabet that is directly on the baseline is “x”.

It’s easy to add text to a circle in Illustrator. You simply draw a circle, select the Path Type tool, click the circle and enter text. The tricky (and annoying) part comes when you want to add two different sentences and have one right side at the top of the circle and one right side at the top of the circle. Here’s the trick!

We used Illustrator CC 2017 for this updated tutorial, but you can use just about any version since Illustrator introduced the text on path feature.

Draw a circle and select the Path Type tool

Draw a circle with the Ellipse tool, while holding down the Shift key while drawing. It doesn’t really matter what color the stroke or fill is, because as soon as you click with the text tool, the fill and stroke disappear.

If you want to draw a perfect circle from the center, use the keys Option/Alt-Shift .

Select For the Path tool, type in the text drop-down menu.

Place cursor

Open the Type panel and select Paragraph ( Window > A type > Section ). You can also click the Align text in the middle in the options panel. This will bring the soil to the center.

Click on the center at the top of the circle. A blinking input cursor appears at the top of the circle. When you enter text, it aligns centered as you type.

Add text

With the Type panel open, go to the tab Symbol . Choose a font and size and enter text for the top of the circle. The text runs along the top of the circle. Note that the line on the shape is used as the baseline for the text.

Double circle

Switch to instrument Direct selection , click once on the circle and copy it to the clipboard.

To insert an object before the current object, select Change > copy in front to paste the copy just before the old one. It looks the same (except the text looks heavier) when the new text is pasted on top of the original.

To make things easier, open the Layers panel and rename one of the layers to indicate that it is the pre-copy.

Flip text using the Path Type Options dialog box

Before scrolling through the text, open the Layers panel and turn off the visibility of the bottom layer. Switch to the Type tool, select the text, and enter new text.

Select T Yes > Type on the go > Type on the go . The Path Options dialog box opens. Select Rainbow for effect , and for Align along path select climber. The Ascender is the highest part of the lettering and places the text outside the circle.

Check box turn around and check the box Example to see what it will look like. The interval can also be adjusted here. Click Okay .

The note

The Rainbow option does not distort the text.

Rotate text to the bottom of the circle

Click on the text to deselect it and select the selection tool on the toolbar. You should see a handle at the top of the mold and two handles at the bottom.

The top marker moves the text along the path as you drag it, but depending on how you drag the marker, the text may move within the circle. Hovering your mouse over this button will switch it to the rotation cursor. The two handles on the bottom are the ones you should use. They rotate the object, not the text. When you’re done, turn on the visibility of the hidden layer.

Add artwork

Drag the appropriate symbol from the Symbols palette and drag to resize the circle and you’re done. (If you have more time, you can draw your own logo.) And here you have it – a quick and easy logo with text above and below the circle.

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