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Type On A Path - Adobe InDesign CS2

Project Information-- Skill level-Intermediate AdobeR InDesignR CS2

Recently, I received an email from one of my readers asking for a little help with the Type On A Path feature in Adobe InDesign CS2. She wanted to add text on top of a scroll shaped image.

Pen Tool Pencil Tool
Step 1. Draw the path. Your first step is to draw the path that you wish the text to follow. You can use the Pen tool. Click on the location you wish to start the path. Then, continue to click along the shape of the path to add more points. You can click as close together as you need to create the desired path. If you would prefer to draw a freehand line, you can use the Pencil tool. Click at the starting point and drag along the desired path.

Selection Tool Direct Selection Tool
Step 2. Make fine adjustments. You can make fine adjustments to the height and width of the path by moving the handles of the bounding box with the Selection tool. If you need to make adjustments to the shape of the path, you can move any of the path's anchor points with the Direct Selection tool.

Type On A Path Tool
Step 3. Add the text. You are ready to add the text along the path. Click on the Type on a Path tool (under the Type tool) and then click on the path. You will see the blinking cursor. Set the format and style attributes for the font you wish to use and type your text.

Stroke Set To Null
Step 4. Remove the line. When you created the path, it was created with a 1 point line. You will want to make this line invisible. Click on the path with the Selection tool and set the Stroke to null.

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