Illustrator Tutorial: Type On a Path – Wrapping text around a circle

Learn how to wrap text around a shape using the “Type on a Path Tool” in Illustrator.

In this illustrator tutorial I will be wrapping text around a circle. You can follow these easy steps using any other shapes as well.


Start by creating a shape.

Select and hold down on the “Type Tool”, located on your toolbar. You should now see a dropdown containing various “type” selections. Select the “Type on a Path Tool” (displayed below in red).

Using the Type Tool


Now go over and click the edge of your circle. You can now start typing along the path.

Type On a Path

Once you’re text is all set, select the “Direct Selection Tool”, located on your toolbar (displayed below in red).

Direct Selection Tool


Using the “Direct Selection Tool”, click on your typed text. A few guides should appear along your circular path. There should be two close together (displayed below in red) and one directly across the two (displayed below in green). The two close together represent the path’s ends, while the one opposite acts as the path’s center.

Type on a Path Guides

Using the “Direct Selection Tool”, you can adjust the end guides so that it better fits your text (F1 below). You can use the center guide in order to move the path around the shape (F2 below). You can also move the center guide towards the middle of the shape. This moves your text to the inside of the shape (F3 below).

Editing type on a path

If you go back and select and hold down the “Type Tool”, there is a selection labeled “Vertical Type on a Path Tool” (shown below in red). This tool has the same functions as the Type on a Path Tool, but allows you to type vertically as displayed below.

Note: You will have to create a new shape in order for this to work.

Vertical type on a path tool

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