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From the book Working with Threaded Text

Working with Threaded Text

If an Area type or Path type object contains more text than it has room to display, you’ll see a red plus sign indicating a loaded out port (see the Tip “Ports defined” on the next page).

To enlarge an Area type object or a Path type object on an enclosed path, allowing for more text, use the Selection tool to grab the object by a bounding side, and drag to resize it. To lengthen a path for Path type, use the Direct Selection tool to select the last anchor and drag the path longer, or use the Pen tool to start drawing more of the path from the last anchor, then drag the end bracket to the new end of the path. Following are more techniques for dealing with threaded text:

  • To add a new text object to receive overflow text, use the Selection tool to select the first text object. Next, click on the out port; your cursor changes to the “loaded text” cursor. Click on the artboard to create a new text object the same size and shape as the original (this works nicely for custom shapes), or drag to create a rectangular text object of any size. The new text object is threaded (linked) to the original, flowing text into the second.
  • Figure 4 To position the text on top of the circle, grab the start marker handle and drag it to the 9 o’clock position, and then drag the end marker handle to the 3 o’clock position. Your text will now be centered between the two handles, on top of the circle.

  • To link existing text objects together, click the out port on the first object, and then click on the path of the object that will receive the overflow text. (Keep your eye on the cursor, which will change to indicate valid “drop” locations.) You can also link objects using a menu command: Select both objects and choose Type> Threaded Text> Create, and the objects become linked.
  • Figure 5 To manually flip type on a path to the other side of the path, select the type and drag the center handle (the thin blue line perpendicular to the type) across the path, as indicated by the red arrow above. Note the tiny T-shaped icon that appears next to the cursor as you position it near the handle; you can also flip type by choosing Type> Type on a Path> Type on a Path Options, enabling the Flip box, and clicking OK.

  • To disconnect one object from another, select the object and double-click its in port to break the thread to a preceding object, or double-click its out port to break the thread to a subsequent object. Alternatively, you can select the object and click once on either the in port or the out port. Then click on the other end of the thread to break the link.
  • To release an object from a text thread, select it, then choose Type> Threaded Text> Release Selection. Or, to remove the threading from an object while leaving the text in place, select it and choose Type> Threaded Text> Remove Threading.
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