5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 26, 2010 11:13 PM by gwhPoster

    Curved text

    gwhPoster Level 1

      Hi everyone,


      Does anyone know how I can get text to curve in the same way as the word "Primo" in the following logo? Is there an easy way to do this or would I have to manually adjust the points on the path?




      Appreciate any advice.

        • 1. Re: Curved text
          Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional



          You may Create the Live Type and then:


          1) Type>Create Outlines;

          2) Create a horizontal line cutting the P and including the dot, and just above/touching the other letters but not cutting them;

          3) Select All and Pathfinder>Divide;

          4) Ungroup and Group the lower and upper parts separately;

          5) Apply a moderate negative value in Effect>Warp>Arc Lower, in the order of -20 to the lower Group;

          6) Group the lot.


          If the Live Type had been straight at the top (as in many cases with capitals) you could have left out 1) - 4) and 6) and just applied 5 to the Live Type itself. 1) and 2) are to keep the top unchanged, 4) and 6 are to make things easier to handle.


          This will give a certain distortion (especially) of the lower part of the o as compared to the sample.

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          • 2. Re: Curved text
            gwhPoster Level 1

            Thanks for the instructions. I'll give this a try.

            • 3. Re: Curved text
              Jacob Bugge MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              You are welcome, gwh. Please report back.

              • 4. Re: Curved text
                JETalmage Level 6

                Set the text.


                One row, one column.

                Mesh Tool: Click the left or right edge of the Envelope to add a horizontal divider at the X-height. This acts as a "holding" divider to prevent distortions of the bottom edge from affecting portions in the top row.


                The text is still editable by using Object>EnvelopeDistort>EditContent.



                Be advised, though, this is not really the kind of treatment in your example. Note that the O is not distorted, but merely scaled. Hand-drawn treatments of this kind of thing done with careful discernment regarding the type proportions is always better than the raw results of envelope distortions. Example: In the screenshot, note the ugly disproportions of the three instances of lowercase e. A good and proper logotype would not commit such sins.



                • 5. Re: Curved text
                  gwhPoster Level 1

                  Thanks for this alternate solution. I ended up using the first set of instructions successfully but it's always good to know other techniques.