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How to add text to shape a must know illustrator quick tip

This a hidden gem with illustrator and a technique, which i wish more illustrator users where familiar with. This is a great technique to add text to to fit into any shape a great technique used commonly when a designing a logo. The tutorial takes seconds to achieve the end result.

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Tutorial Details

  • Program: Photoshop CC 2021
  • Time estimation: Under 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


Video Transcript:

Hello, and welcome to “Creative Nerds.” So, in today’s Illustrator tutorial, we’d like to share with you how you can wrap text within a shape using Illustrator. It’s a great simple technique, which creates a great effect once finished. So, you want to start by just creating some shapes. So, we’re going to select the ellipse tool, and we’re just going to draw a circle in the middle of our canvas. We’re then going to draw a rectangle on our canvas. We’re going to select the direction tool. I’m just going to drag in these anchor points a little bit. Just create a unique shape. And there you go.

And then what you want to next do is write out our text that we want to be added to our shape. So, we’re just going to use NERDS as an example. And then we want to ensure we select Object, Expand. So, that’s okay. And then we’re going to select Edit, Copy, and then Edit, Paste on our NERDS layer. I’m just going to create an additional layer to go underneath our second shape.

And then what we want to do is drag the text into the shape, and then we want to select the shape, and we want to ensure that that’s brought to the front. So, Object, Arrange, Bring To Front. And then we’re going to highlight both layers, and select Object, Envelope Distort, and select Make With Top Object. And there you go. It’s got this really unique cool effect of the text within the shape. And we can apply this technique to any shape of our liking. We can change the font to be any font.

So, let’s try it out, again, with this shape that we created previously. So, the same principle. Drag the text on top. We want to ensure that the shape layer is at the forefront, so Arrange, Bring To Front. Select both layers once again, Object, Envelope Distort, Make With Top Object, and there you go. We created a really cool, unique text effect from that shape again. This is a really great technique and with endless possibilities based on what shape you can create. Hope this is a useful tutorial. Thanks for watching, and stay tuned to “Creative Nerds” for further quick tips on how to use Illustrator.

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