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Creating Text on a Path in InDesign 1.5

excerpted from Lesson 5: Importing and Editing Text, from Adobe InDesign 1.5 Classroom in a Book © 2000 Adobe Systems Incorporated

Editor’s note:

Each book in the Adobe Press Classroom in a Book series comes with a customized CD of lesson files. You’ll find all the files you need to complete the lesson below on the CD that accompanies Adobe InDesign 1.5 Classroom in a Book; the main file is 05_a.indd, located in the Lessons/ID_05 folder.

YOU CAN CREATE TYPE THAT FLOWS along the edge of an open or closed path of any shape. For this lesson, you will draw a circle around the Mr. Tuneup graphic on page 8, and then you will flow type around the circle.

  1. Choose 8 from the Page pop-up menu at the bottom of the document window to turn to page 8.

  2. Using the selection tool (), click the graphic above “It’s Mr. Tuneup.” Notice the center point of the graphic. You will use this center point to help you draw the circle.

  3. Click and hold the mouse pointer over the rectangle tool in the toolbox, and then select the ellipse tool ().

    enlarge circle

  4. Holding down Alt+Shift (Windows) or Option+Shift (Mac OS), place the pointer over the center point of the graphic and drag outward to create a circle slightly larger (19 picas) than the Mr. Tuneup graphic. Make sure the circle does not have a fill.

    The Shift key constrains the ellipse to a circle; the Alt or Option key lets you draw the object from the center outward.

  5. Using the type tool (T), select the first two lines below the graphic, “It’s Mr. Tuneup! The Maestro Mechanic of Sonata Cycles.”

  6. Choose Edit > Copy.

  7. Click and hold the mouse pointer over the type tool in the toolbox, and then select the path type tool ().

  8. Position the pointer over the upper left part of the circle until a small plus sign appears next to the pointer (), and drag an arc to the other side of the circle.

  9. insertion point on a path, the range of type will extend along the entire path. If you drag, type will appear only along the length specified when you dragged.

    insert text

  10. Choose Edit > Paste.

    The plus sign (+) in the out port at the end of the text on the path indicates overset text. To display all the text on the path, you will adjust the path type’s start and end indicators.

  11. adjust text
  1. Select the direct-selection tool (). Drag the start indicator line (not the in port) down to the left center of the circle. Then drag the end indicator line (not the out port) down until all the text appears.

Finishing up

To complete the newsletter, you will clean up the design on page 8 by removing the circle’s stroke and deleting the text box from which you copied the text on a path.

  1. Select the selection tool (), and then click the type on a path.


  2. Select the Stroke box () in the toolbox, and then click the None button ().

  3. Using the selection tool, click the text frame below the graphic from which you copied the text, and press Backspace or Delete.

  4. Save the file.

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