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Aligning objects or text along a curved path

Aug 11, 2012 1:22 PM

Tags: #illustrator #cs3 #path #objects #align #distribute

I have a variable number of text lines I would like to arrange along the path of half a circle. I would like the text to look like each text-string is radiating from the circle (the path I have as half a circle).


I would like to do this in adobe illustrator


I would like the text to be evenly spaced along the path dependent on how many lines of text I have.

I have seen other discussions suggesting either the blend-tool or the brush-tool. But both of these ideas does not really help me. The blend-tool would make distorted shapes in between, and would twist and distort the text. The brush tool would make each text a little bit 'cone-shaped', and I would prefer having the text without such a 'cone-shape'.


I am attaching a picture that halfway shows my intentions. In this diagram I have started rotating the first 4-5 text-lines. I have more text-strings (just above the half-circle) that I also would like to include along the path the half-circle is indicating.


The final goal is to get each of these locality-names raditing from the tips in the little red tree.


Is it possible in illustrator to align the text along a path like this? It is almost similar to the normal align objects and distribute objects.


I am working on a Mac OSX 10.5 Adobe Illustrator CS3.


Thanks in advance for your time and helpNJtree_fullmtDNA_02.jpg

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    Aug 11, 2012 1:38 PM   in reply to swknudsen

    Make a blend using simple straight lines. Turn these into path text objects afterwards by selecting them all and Type > Threaded Text > Make


    Then let your text flow onto this.

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    Aug 12, 2012 2:58 AM   in reply to swknudsen



    If I understand it in the right way, you may:


    1) Create the path and Object>Path>Add Anchor Points a number of times (you have done it enough if things look right in the end;

    2) Create the kind of (type) container you need, whether a line (Line Tool), a rectangle (Rectangle Tool) with the desired size,

    3) Move a copy to the left (or right) to have coinciding ends and remove storke (and fill),

    4) Group 2) and 3) and move a copy somewhat downwards (the exact amount matters little,as long as you can see what you are doing,

    5) Object>Blend>Options set to Align to Page and set the number of copies to two less than the total number,

    6) Object>Blend>Make,

    7) Select 1) and 6) and Object>Blend>Replace Spine,

    8) Object>Expand, with only Object ticked,

    9) Save a copy for further elaboration,

    10) Ungroup and delete unwanted parts so you only have the individual containers.


    This will leave you with containers (for your type) evenly distributed along the length of the path. You may go back to 9), release the Blend, and change the number of steps, if you need to change the number of containers.

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    Aug 12, 2012 6:02 AM   in reply to swknudsen

    You can also use this. On the image below I typed the letter I with the Type on a Path Tool. The Character panel gives full control of the letter distribution by using kerning (space between two letters) and tracking (space between all letters) and also the height of the letter. Then Outline the text, Ungroup, Compound Path > Release, and use the outlined paths of the letter I to paste each line of text on them. Smart Guides will make this easier.




    edit: If it is just a circle or part of it, you can use the suggestions in this thread

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