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Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-22
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TechNote#4014(12/22/93)Adobe Illustrator ™ - Macintosh ® /Windows ™

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TechNote#4014(12/22/93)Adobe Illustrator TM - Macintosh ® /Windows TM

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Before placing text on a path that is large or complicated, it s a good idea to create a copy of the path. This is because once you place text on a path, the path is defined as a text path and can no longer be filled or manipulated as independent artwork. If you do need to redefine a text path as an artwork path and you have not made a copy of the original path, use the direct-up selection tool (called the group selection tool in Adobe Illustrator 5.0 and higher) to select just the path; then make a copy of the path and paste it back into the document.

Be careful when creating text blocks near a path or an object. If you accidentally click a path or onject when defining text, the path will be defined as a text path or object instead of artwork. For a standard text block, the type I-beam is surrounded by a set of square brackets. If the I-beam touches or is too close to a path, the square brackets are replaced by a slanted line crossing the I-beam, indicating text on a path. If the I-beam is too close to an object or closed path, the square brackets are replaced by rounded brackets, indicating text within an object. If you want a text block near or aligned to an object, create the text block elsewhere and then reposition it.


Create a shadow effect by making a copy of your text, painting it with a dark color, moving the copy slightly, and then sending it to the back. You can create a variety of shadow effects by adjusting the placement of the copy.


To decrease the spacing between characters of a text string or block (known as tracking), select the text, hold down the Option key (Macintosh) or Alt key (Windows), and press the Left Arrow key. To increase the spa...