22 Replies Latest reply on Jul 11, 2013 8:33 AM by An Elephant

# Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

I'm curious if there is a quick and clean way to get text to extend out from around a circle. Meaning, the first letter of each text word is closest to the center of the circle, and the last letter of each word is farthest away from the center of the circle.

I know that I could simply type each word out and manually rotate it with a moved centerpoint, and even step+repeat, but is there no way of drawing a circle and then have the text come out from it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

• ###### 1. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

You could use the polar grid tool to make the spokes or radii of the circle and then convert them to text paths.

you can similarly use the pie chart thing as well.

you have to delete with the grid tool and the pie chart tool the any outer circular path that will be made but you get a spoke paths evenly space radiating from the center.

• ###### 2. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

I don't think there's any decent way of doing it other than what you yourself suggest.

The "spokes" may not necessarily be evenly spaced as this example illustrates. Here I just step rotated the text around the common centre, altering the increment as required.

• ###### 3. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

I don't see why that cannot be done with the polar grid tool and turn

that into a radiating group of text paths?

• ###### 4. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

With the method shown here you can make "radial text" follow any curve.

JET

• ###### 5. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Hey, I just stumbled on this thread, I'm looking for the same thing, anyone have any ideas? (the link in the post above is dead). I need to have a list wrapped around a circle so the list items radiate outwards.

• ###### 6. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Just read the text in JET's image above: it's all there.

• ###### 7. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Another way would be using Tate-chu-yoko.

• ###### 8. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Another way would be using Tate-chu-yoko.

Come again??

• ###### 10. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Here is a sample. Vertical type on path, Tate-chu-yoko applied.

It is one single text object.

• ###### 11. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Steve,

I forgot these links in post #9, one leading to the other:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/illustrator/cs/using/WS0F0AF6E0-8E15-47f4-AEDB-CDB5C463BBC5a.h tml

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/illustrator/cs/using/WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d0100196cbc5f-638ea .html#WS714a382cdf7d304e7e07d0100196cbc5f-6384a

It should be in the Helpfile, presumable still under the heading Changing character direction using the Character palette, or just by search (maybe still without hyphens).

• ###### 12. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Thanks all, will try this stuff out later

• ###### 13. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

For my small part you are welcome, secretsoundz.

• ###### 14. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Jacob is probably so enthusiastic about Tate-chu-yoko because in his Illustrator version 10 there are less options to fine-tune it, but – overall – the handling is easier than in recent versions of Illustrator.

Tate-chu-yoko can be useful, specifically when you are going to fine-tune type on rather irregular paths (a meander for example).

• ###### 15. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Can you please explain further how to do that in one object? When I enter-key in vertical type on circle, it only shows only the first line and rest of the text are hidden.

• ###### 17. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Thank you so much!

I have one more question, how do I even gaps between each text?

• ###### 18. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

For example by selecting the space characters and adjusting their tracking in the Characters palette.

• ###### 19. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Thank you again.

What's your magic of evening the gap between the first text and the last text? I don't really get this part. Do I have to measure by eyes?

• ###### 20. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

how there is no asian type options for illustrator middle eastern?

I work in middle eastern and chinese projects. I don't understand why both options can't coexist.

• ###### 21. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Elephant,

that depends on what you have on the path. It may require manual adjustments. In my simple example I just cut the path on one of the circle's anchor points with the Scissors tool.

mec-os,

I don't use the middle eastern version of Illustrator and I am not a decision-maker at Adobe. So I cannot tell.

• ###### 22. Re: Text extending OUT from a circle possible?

Kurt Gold,

I'm really sorry to bother you, but if you don't mind, could you upload the file of the example?