Type on Path in Illustrator

    ●  There are many kinds of shapes you can type on, not just circles.

Learn About:

Sroke and Fill Type on Path Text Tool Text and Font

  •   This tutorial is part of the CD Cover, and Free Trade Projects.

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Step #1: Open your Project in Illustrator ~

If you don't have your project started, begin your CD cover by opening this template :



Step #2: Stroke and Fill ~

Set the Fill Color to fill color none

… leave the stroke color.

Step #3: Ellipse Tool ~

Get the Ellipse Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (L) …

… and, holding Shift (⇧)shift key while you drag, make a perfectly round circle.

Step #4: Type on Path Tool ~

Get the Type on a Path Tool which looks like this:

… click on the line and type some text YOU CAN USE IN YOUR PROJECT.

Step #5: Find a Font that Matches your Project ~

Go to and search for a font that fits your project theme -

  •   For instance, if you want a text or font that looks Old, search for that at


  •   If you want something that looks like Money, search for that. Get it?

Step #6: Download the Font ~

When you find a font that matches your project, Right-Click and save the file to your desktop, or somewhere you can find it …

download font

Step #7: Open Font Book ~

Go to your Downloads (probably Window > Downloads), open it, and double-click on the .tff file(s) …

ttf file

… when Font Book opens, click Install Font.

font book install

Step #8: Change your Font ~

Select all your text by hitting Cmd (⌘) +A or Highlight the text with the Text Tool …


… then go to: Window > Type > Character and choose the Font Character you downloaded

character font

You can also change the size, type and other settings …

Try different stuff! Experiment!

Step #9: Rainbow Effect ~

Then go to: Type > Type on Path > Type on Path Options and hit Preview.

type on path

Try some of the Effects and see what they do …

Step #10: Create Outlines ~

Get the Selection Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (v) …

… go to: Type > Create Outlines



… or hit the keyboard shortcut:

shift key+ +



… but however you do it, be sure to ALWAYS create outlines of your text.


Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Save your work as -]

Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects using the following naming convention:

  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.

  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.

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