Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Illustrator Techniques - Convert to Outline, Text Wrap

To wrap text around an object:

Select the object or objects around which you want the text to wrap. This is called the wrap object.

In the Layers palette, make sure that the wrap object is above the text you want to wrap around it.

Important: If the layer contains multiple type objects, move any that you don’t want to wrap around the wrap object either into another layer or above the wrap object.
Choose Object > Text Wrap > Make Text Wrap.

The Text Wrap Options dialog box appears. If you wish, set the following options. Then click OK.

Offset: Specifies the amount of space between the text and the wrap object. You can enter a positive or negative value.

Invert Wrap: Wraps the text around the reverse side of the object.

To convert type to outlines

Converting type to outlines creates a compound path that you can modify.

Select the type object.

Choose Type > Create Outlines.

Before saving your document as a PDF for printing, SELECT ALL (CTRL A), then Choose the TYPE pulldown menu, and select CREATE OUTLINES.

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