How to Curve & Warp Text | Illustrator Tutorial

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hey guys this is Spencer from pixel &

bracket in this tutorial I'm gonna show

you how to curve text and what I have on

screen here you can see one here and one


they look nearly identical but two

completely different ways of getting

there so I'm going to show you how to do

text on a path I'm also gonna show you

how to sort of warp text into an arc

shape also gonna show you something I

just found out which is this cool little

envelope warp thing pretty nifty and

maybe you guys can use any of this stuff

in any way I'm gonna show you a bunch

here we go let's go right now alright

let's start a new document and not do


okay file new command in for short or

ctrl and if you're on a PC Windows 1920

by 1080 will just create something like

that okay so here's our little artboard

we need to create some text so let's

grab the type tool over here in our tool

bar it's the T shortcut key is T I'm

gonna click anywhere on my canvas and

let's let's go ahead and typed curved

text or something like that I'm gonna

use all caps so I'm just holding shift

curved text okay real small we're gonna

just go back to that selection tool I've

got this selected I can go ahead and up

the font size to like something we can

read 80 something like that and let's do

just like a bold font I've got this good

good headline font it's literally called

good headline font I'm gonna do the

black version so it's nice and bold and

I'm gonna adjust the spacing just a

touch so you guys can follow along if

you want or not but that's okay we just

need some text on the screen like that

there it is there's our curved text I'm

gonna increase the size to 100 so we're

a little bit larger okay so the first

way I'm going to show you is type on a

path so what we need is a path right so

if I want to make an arc shape I need a

path that's sort of in an arc shape easy

way to get there is to select the

ellipse tool the shortcut key for that

is L I like to click and drag and now

you're kind of skewing this thing I want

a perfect circle so I'm gonna hold shift

I'm also gonna hold option or alt and

it's gonna scale out from the center if

you can see that now I want a pretty

pretty sort of shallow arc so I'm gonna

make a very big circle like that I'm

going to zoom out a little bit that's


or control - and we have this big circle

currently it's got a fill I'm gonna

change the appearance to have no fill

this doesn't matter this is more for

like the visual of it I'm going to

change the stroke to have one point so I

can just see that path we're gonna bring

this down right here good enough and

what I'm just gonna do is split it and I

can split it really anywhere but if I

want to make sure I'm splitting it in

the same exact spot I could actually

find the two edges of the circle here

notice how the circle is made up of four

anchor points if I hit C that is my

little little scissors tool over here

that's like the cut to what I like to

think of cut because of C is the

shortcut and I can just hover over this

anchor click hover over this anchor

click with this circle selected and now

if I go back to the selection tool I

have two pieces of the circle so I have

like two arcs I can just delete the

lower one you could use it if you're

doing something above and below and then

I'm just going to bring this guy down

here and what I can actually do is

probably not even use this curve to text

piece here because what you can do this

is called type on a path and if you go

up to the type tool and click and hold

you'll see a bunch of options and one of

those options is type on a path we

actually don't have to click that you

can just select the type tool

illustrator is smart enough to know that

when you hover over a path it's gonna

say hey you probably want to type on

that path since you have the type tool

opened up so I can just click on this

path and I'm glad this actually made it

upside down because I can show you a

little bit more but it's allowing us to

type on that path now and we could just

type out that same structure they're

curved text but this is nowhere near

like what the finished product is right

so there's a couple things we want to do

to get this situated correctly the first

thing we want to do is flip this to the

top so I'm going to click on this path

and actually go up to type and if you

look there's a type on path segment

where there's some options and we can go

to type on a path options that's gonna

pop up a little window and I'm gonna go

ahead and check mark

preview see then we can checkmark this

guy called flip and that's gonna flip it

to the other side of the path and text

always is going from left to right so

it's going left to right and then we can

align it to different parts of our text

whether we want it aligned on the center

see now the text is in the center of the

path I kind of like this one

it's easier for for placement I think

you know you can you can adjust the

space and if you want you can adjust the

effect and let's go ahead and look at

that effect after we Center this piece

out so in order to Center our text it's

the same as if we were centering text

normally so we find our paragraph

options if you don't see them go up to

window down to type and then there's

paragraph right there and it'll pull out

the paragraph panel I'm gonna dock this

over here but our paragraph options

remember I just need to align Center to

Center that up doesn't look like it's

centered it up and here's why you see

when you have this selected there's two

big white squares one here and one over

here to the left these squares are your

start and your end points so in order

for this text to be centered up here I

need this to start at this anchor and

end this anchor so if I just kind of

hover over this with my selection tool

there's a little line here and if I find

it I'm gonna see a little icon pop up

that has an aligned with an arrow

underneath my pointer if I click and

drag I can move this endpoint all the

way over to this anchor and I can make

sure over here that the start point is

exactly on this anchor and now I know

this text is centered perfectly on that

so the other thing that you might

consider doing is clicking on this again

going up to type type on a path pull up

those options hit preview so you see

what's going on and the effect you might

change that you might change it to skew

which is gonna adjust how the type on a

path warps the letters a little bit 3d

ribbon which is just like I don't know

these are all just funky little things

you can see if if it works for you

stair-step means it's not gonna like

rotate the letters it's just gonna stair

step them above each other gravity will

that it sort of pulls it down to the

center but a lot of times you're looking

at rainbow if you're looking at like a

logo with text on the top and bottom

you're looking at like a rainbow effect

okay so that is that is like type on a

path how to curved text there we are

gonna use this piece up here and let's

just kind of pull this guy and we're

gonna bring him over there and maybe

right down here so we don't accidentally

click on him so this little text here

let's let's show you how to curve this

guy and like warp him to get the same

effect we're gonna select him we're

gonna go up to object down to envelope

distort there's a couple of options here

I'll show you these two just for fun but

this one is make with warp we click on

it and look it already warped our text a

little bit probably with whatever my

last parameters were if I click on style

there's tons of different styles so you

can arc just the upper portion of the

text notice that it warps the text the

bottom stays even and the top has a

little arc to it lots of different

options here bulge just kind of bulges

out from the center you can adjust how

much that Bend is on that bulge you can

adjust the distortion from a horizontal

standpoint or a vertical standpoint you

can adjust all of this stuff right in

here and it's just warping your text so

if we go back to that arc you can adjust

the arc you know how much it is one

thing I noticed with this is it does

warp and skew your text more than type

on a path type on a path will really

keep your text intact but this

definitely breaks out of the integrity

of them and it's starting to skew

letters depending on how much you really

warp it if you keep it minimal it's not

gonna be as noticeable you know if you

keep it with just like a little arc

you're not gonna really notice that and

this is kind of a really easy way to

architects it very quickly without

dealing with a bunch of paths

overlapping and and such I didn't want

to say and such but I just did anyway we

can click OK and there's our curved text

very similar to the one down here you'll

notice some slight differences because

it does warp that text a little bit

alright let me show you one more sort of


saying actually no before we get to that

rumor you can double click on these guys

and adjust their type so the difference

here is that if I start to adjust this

and let's say I'm typing pixel notice

how when I just have one letter

it doesn't really know to keep the

integrity of that letter so it's gonna

stretch it over the whole segment so if

I'm doing pixel now it's kind of

stretched out and as I type like and

bracket it's skewing it more and more in

there so now I have some really skinny

letters so it's whatever you start with

is gonna look the best you can edit the

type but it does it does sort of skew it

a little bit more and more based on the

first set of letters you had whereas

this type on a path down here that's

just gonna type on that path so if I do

the same thing pixel & bracket notice

how it really keeps the the proper

spacing and sizing of those letters

however it is harder to change the angle

of your path now if this was wrapping

around too much and you wanted to bring

it down a little bit it's easier on the

warp side of things to adjust the arc

alright enough enough blabbering on

about that I hope I gave you enough

information there there's another cool

thing here I'm gonna do curved text the

little bubble thing I showed you it's

actually really cool you might be able

to do like different shapes so like if

you wanted if you wanted a car shape and

you wanted to text this a car in the

shape of a car this is how you would do

that I'm just going to show you with

like a an oval so we're gonna grab this

ellipse tool here I'm just gonna make

like an oval shape that covers up the

text and we're gonna kind of slide them

on top of the text there I'm gonna drag

and select both the text underneath and

the shape on top go up to object down to

I think it's envelope to store again and

we're gonna do make with top object this

is pretty cool look at this it curves

the text around that circle shape and

what's even cooler is I can go in here

and edit the text to be like I'll type

in circle and notice how it it like live


the shape in it and it goes ahead and

spreads out the letters so that they're

all in that circle shape and type hello

you can type anything here and and it's

gonna do that for you so let's type in

pixel & bracket same thing now obviously

it just takes that circle shape and so

it's kind of squished in there but it's

kind of a kind of a neat way to to do

text into this like warp shape and still

have it editable you know I like my

non-destructive stuff last one I'm going

to show you since we just skipped over

the option curved text maybe any of

these will help any of you in any way

I don't issue a perform right go up to

object down to envelope the store again

make with mesh and you can adjust how

much mesh there is and if you click

preview can see all the mesh this is

kind of like puppet warp or distort a

little bit so I'm just having four by

four so four rows four columns and I can

click on this and you see I have all

these little points if I select the

direct selection tool which is the white

arrow shortcut key is a I can click on

one of these points and adjust it and

that's gonna start to curve my text and

I've got this like mesh warp here where

if I start to adjust these it's gonna

start to adjust how that text warps and

meshes together so now I have like this

little bubbly effect in the middle of my

curved text pretty cool pretty pretty

interesting way of adjusting text

they're very manually almost like a

puppet warp alright you guys I just went

through a bunch of stuff probably the

first ones what people really want is

just that arc on a path type of text I

would say this one the the warp is also

pretty useful and then these are very

specific but if you're looking for

something like that something fun there

you go I hope you enjoyed this tutorial

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