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Adding Names to the Streets on the Map

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For ease of navigation, it’s helpful to identify each street on the map by name. To do this, we’ll add text objects to the map and position them appropriately on each street. Now obviously this is a fictitious map, so don’t think that you need to use the same names that were used in the video. You’re a creative person! Use whatever names you wish and have fun with your map!

  1. Begin by creating a new layer in the Layers panel and name that layer Street Names. Make sure that this layer is the topmost layer in the Layers panel because we want the street names to appear on top of all the other elements of the card.

  2. With the Street Names layer active, click anywhere on the card using the Type tool to create a new point type object on the card. Now type the name of your first street. In the video we used Franklin Street, but you can use whatever name you prefer.

  3. We need the text to fit within the bounds of the street, so using the Properties, Control, or Character panel, change the font and size of the text to something that looks appropriate. In the video we used Myriad Pro at 6 pt. Position the text on top of one of the streets.

  4. Using the Selection tool, hold down Option (macOS) or Alt (Windows) and drag the text object to make a copy. Type a new name for the copy of the street and position it over a different street.

  5. Repeat the previous steps until you have a name for all of the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal streets on the card (Figure 4.19).

    Figure 4.19

    Figure 4.19 Adding the names to the streets of the card

Setting Type on a Path

For the curved roads of the map, type in a straight line just doesn’t work. We want the text to follow the shape of the path for each road so that each is properly labeled with text that’s easy to read.

  1. Using the Selection tool, select the two curved streets on the map.

  2. While holding down Option (macOS) or Alt (Windows), drag the square at the right end of the Streets layer and drop it on the Street Names layer. This makes a copy of the selected objects on the Street Names layer (Figure 4.20).

    Figure 4.20

    Figure 4.20 Moving copies of the curved streets onto the Street Names layer

  3. Select one of the copied curved paths to make it active. Now, using the Type On A Path tool p0079_01.jpg, click the selected curved path to convert it to a path type object and to apply default text to the path.

  4. Begin typing a new street name to replace the default text. Note that the text follows the shape of the path.

  5. To adjust the location of the type on the path, switch to the Selection tool and drag the bracket at the end of the path toward the text to shorten the type on the path object (Figure 4.21). Then drag the middle bracket to slide the type along the path to a new location

    Figure 4.21

    Figure 4.21 Moving the type along the path by dragging the bracket

  6. To adjust how the text aligns to the path, select the text using the Type On a Path tool and then adjust the baseline shift value in the Character panel.

  7. Repeat the previous steps to add a name to the other curved street on the map, and then save the file.

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