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How to use Type Tool in Adobe Illustrator?

Type Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Type tool is an essential tool while designing a logo, poster or brochure. This tool helps in adding text to your design/artwork.

In previous tutorial you have learned to draw using different tools but in today’s tutorial you will learn to type or add text to the artwork.

Typing a text

To type a text in the Illustrator we will use Type Tool which is in the Tool Panel. Click on Type tool and the cursor will change to a text box. T is the shortcut key for Type Tool.

Select type tool and double click on the artboard. The typing box will be activated. Now you can type your text in the text box. You can even change color, font and size of your text.

After selecting Type Tool, click on the artboard and along with left click drag the cursor to form a rectangle. Release and a paragraph text box will be created. This is used in writing text in paragraph form.


Typing inside a shape

In Typography, with the help of Type Tool and other sub tools you can create an amazing artwork of text. There is a tool in Type Tool called Area type Tool. This tool is used when you want to fill a shape with text.

Draw a shape of your choice, select the shape and right click on Type Tool. From there select Area Type Tool and click on the path of the shape. The shape will be filled with text. You can change font and size of the text to fit it properly inside the shape.

You can even fill text of your own choice inside the shape. For that, before selecting the Area Type Tool, copy the text and then select the tool and click on the path of the shape.


Typing on a path

You can fill a shape with text with Area Type Tool and with the help of another tool you can give the shape a text outline.

Draw a shape and select it. Now right click on Type Tool and select Type on a Path Tool. Click on the path of the shape and the typing cursor will appear above the path. Now type your text and give it style by changing the font style, font type, font size and color.


Vertical Typing

By default, we have horizontal typing in the illustrator but it can be changed to vertical typing with the help of Vertical Type Tool.

It works same as Type Tool but the difference is that in Type Tool you have horizontal typing and with this tool you can do vertical typing. (See the below image)


Vertical Typing on a path

To type vertically on a path we use Vertical Type on a Path Tool. This tool works same as Type on a Path Tool. The difference is of the axis. In Type on a Path Tool typed text is horizontal whereas in this tool the text typed is vertical.

Vertical Typing Inside a shape

 Vertical Area Type Tool helps in typing text within a shape vertically. The process of using this tool is same as Area Type tool but there is difference in the result of these tools. Compare the below image with the image given in Area Type Tool and you will understand the difference.


Touch Type Tool

This tool is very useful is you want to make changes in a particular letter while designing the logo or creating the artwork.

Select Touch Type Tool by right click on the Type Tool and then click on the letter/character whose attributes you want to modify. By clicking on the letter it will get selected and now you can modify its size, color and style.

In the below image you can see how the letter I has been changed with the help of Touch Type Tool.


Practice the above tools and create an artwork of text.


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