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How to curve type around a badge using Illustrator – Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 [14/39]

September 4, 2019

Hey YouTube, this is a free extract
from my larger Illustrator course… called Illustrator Essentials. You can check it out on If you want to follow along
with this video, there’s exercise files. Those are free to download. You can go and download those. There’ll be a link in the description,
so you can play along. One last thing,
there’s a Cheat Sheet as well. So there is a PDF you can download
from Look for Resources, it’s a free PDF. You can download it, print it up… stick it up next to your computer
while you’re doing these videos All right, enjoy the video. Bye now. Hey there, in this tutorial
we are going to… make text follow a path,
like this curvy one here. We’ll also do a badge, where we do
the text along the top and the bottom. Let’s get into it now
using Adobe Illustrator. So what we’ll do is we’ll work
on the side here… instead of on the page we’re working… what’s called the Paste Area,
or the Paste Board. This area here is just a good place
to work, and do your design… and then move in to the page
when you’re ready. To get started we’re going to
use the Pencil Tool. Now your tool might be set
to the Shaper Tool. So click and hold, hold,
hold down the Shaper Tool… until you get the Pencil Tool. Also know that I’ve double clicked
the ‘Pencil Tool’… and cranked up the Smoothing to full vast. Why? Because it just
makes my lines look nicer. I’m going to have a Fill of ‘none’,
and a Stroke of ‘black’. And I’m just going to
click, hold, and drag… and you’ll notice that, because I got
the Smoothing up, it looks quite nice. I’m going to grab the ‘Type Tool’. And to do Type in a Path, all you need
to do is, with the Type Tool… hover above the line, you can see
the icon changes for the cursor… and just click wherever
you want the text to start. Goes through and puts in some
Lorem Ipsum, some Place Holder text. Now the one thing that might
happen to you is… it’s kind of remembered the last font
that I’ve used… and the color, and the size,
if you use a really large font… you might not see anything.
It might just be way too big. So you might have to go through and just… kind of lower your font size
over here to make it more usable. I’m going to go back to say… I’ll use ’14’. The other thing is that my– The last time I used the Type
Tool I was using center. So yours is probably
going to be Left Align… so it might be down the center. Let’s type in some–
let’s type in ‘You are awesome.’ Three exclamation marks !!! So I’m going to select all the Text,
pick a Fill color. Some of the adjustments
you might want to do… are, with the Black Arrow– grab the ‘Black Arrow’. This Type Line here, there is a… there’s kind of like three red lines. There’s also these white boxes. Ignore the white boxes. They do weird stuff where they start
linking text boxes. It’s not what we want in this case. Black Arrow, click off in the background. I’m going to click back on it,
and these red sticks are quite useful. So this is the beginning,
if I click and drag it now… you’re avoiding the white square,
you’re looking for that cursor. It’s like a flat black line
with an arrow poking out of it. If I click it, you can change
the start position. Same with the end, in this case
it doesn’t really matter… because I don’t have enough Type
to get to the end. And this guy here is the center. This center option is a lot more important
when you are centering the paragraph. Means you can drag it left and right. As long as there’s room at the ends here
to move along. So those are some of the adjustments
you might make. One of the things I want to do is… actually I want to undo. Actually I’m going to copy this. Undo. Till I get to have my black line… because what you’ll notice is
there’s no line there anymore. Remember the black line that I drew? So say you want to use that
as part of your design. So I’m undoing way back here. I’m going to paste this,
so I’ve got both versions. So you might want to copy and paste that
before you start adjusting the Type. Now I’m going to add it so it looks like
it’s kind of flowing along that Type. I might make the font a lot bigger. I’m going to extend that out. How good is this going to look? I’m just going to add more text, actually. ‘You are awesome… because you are you.”
Lovely, Dan. Couldn’t think of anything. I might need a little bit more space. I’m going to have to make my font size
tiny bit smaller. There we go. So what I want to do is
I want to get this line. I want to make the Stroke white.
Kind of like a… I don’t know, a Dodges kind of look. Swooshy thing underneath. I made my Type quite thin, I made it white. I’m using my Width Tool. Give me a Width Tool. Where are you?
This one here. I’m just going to click and drag
maybe that big. Come on, Width Tool.
Here we go. Slightly long here. We’ve used the Width Tool
in our previous tutorial. That’s the kind of thing
I’m trying to do here. Terrible. Next thing we’re going to do though
is an icon like this… where we’re going Type on a Path,
it’s kind of similar. Well, pretty similar. So we’re going to rebuild that. And afterwards I’m going to rebuild this
because I don’t like it, but anyway. The way this works is, actually this
has to be two – I’m going to ungroup it. – this actually has to be
two separate circles. You can’t actually draw on the top… then hit a return and draw
along the bottom. They’re actually just two circles
that we line up on top of each other… to make it look like kind of one unit. So that’s the first trick. So let’s start with an Ellipse. You might need to hold down
the Rectangle Tool to get the Ellipse Tool. I’m going to hold the ‘Shift’ key
while I’m dragging it out… to get a perfect circle. Doesn’t matter what Stroke it has,
or what Line it has, or Fill it has… because when we click it with the tool,
like the one down here… it’s all going to disappear. So what we’ll do is,
actually we’ll copy and paste it… so we’ve got two of them to use. This one here, I’m going to
grab the ‘Type Tool’. Now, this Type Tool can’t be used
the same sort of way. Remember, we could go in the edge. You have to actually use the official
Type on a Path Tool. So hold down the ‘Type Tool’,
grab the ‘Type on a Path Tool’. And let’s click once in the middle. It kind of does what we want to do,
does it kind of reverse. So if I type in now, ‘Prevention of’. Depending on this, you might have
to select the center line. It’s kind of down the bottom… or what you can do to get started… is I’m undoing, I’ll just start
at the bottom, it’s up to you. So if I click down the bottom here… it kind of does a little bit of more
of what I want. ‘Prevention of… That’s all I want. You can move it around
with the Black Arrow. We looked at it with this line down
the bottom here, remember the center point? That’s this red line here,
I can decide to stick it down the bottom. It’s a little bit fiddly, you can see
it jumps around a little bit… but you can drag it around. Depending on how you want it. The other thing you can do is,
you can see, I can drag it up and below. It means that it goes on the
other side of the Text Box. It’s really fiddly, don’t worry. I’ll show you a more manual way
of doing this in a second… but I want mine to be there,
and it’s perfect. I’m going to use a Font… I’m going to use that League,
one I had before. Not under Script, ‘All Classes’. ‘League Gothic’, I’m going to use ‘white’. And let’s have a look at doing
the bottom part. Actually instead of using this,
I’m going to copy and paste this one. And this one’s going to say… ‘Cruelty to Designers’. So, what we want to do is,
with it selected with the ‘Black Arrow’… there’s an option in here, under ‘Type’,
there’s one called ‘Type in a Path’. And there’s this one called
‘Type on a Path Options’, click on him. Turn Preview ‘on’, because you want
to see what you’re doing. ‘Flip’ is one of them. So it’s going to go down to the bottom,
that’s basically what we want. I’m going to click ‘OK’,
and we’re going to rotate it around. We could grab the center point,
rotate it around. We could just rotate it normally. Up to you. One of the things we might need
to change though is that… this guy here kind of sits on the baseline. That will be considered the baseline,
wherever the letter sits. This one here though is on the inside… whereas this is on the outside. So, they’re going to
look slightly different. So what we’ll do is we’ll line them up. And let’s kind of adjust
both of them actually. So I’ve got this bottom one selected,
and let’s go to ‘Type’. ‘Type on a Path’. ‘Type on a Path Options’, and Preview ‘on’. What you can look for is
where it aligns to the path. Baseline is where it sits. We’re going to go ‘Center’. If we do center for both of them,
it’s going to run straight to the line. Same with this one here… ‘Type in a Path’,
‘Type in a Path Options’. And we’ll do center for you as well. Where are you?
‘Baseline’, ‘Center’. These other ones–
Baseline is the default. Ascender and Descender is just… when we’ve got, say a Type here,
and we’ve got this… then they’re referred as
Ascender and Descender. The Ascender is everything
that appears above. See this thing here, this is called
the X-height, just so you know. Where all the lower case letters
line up along the top here. Anything above that
is called the Ascender. So that is an Ascender,
this little dot is an Ascender. Descenders is things that appear
below the baseline, they descend. So that is basic topography. Basically you didn’t want
to know that, right? You just wanted to know how to make this. We’ve basically made it. So you’re aligning center,
you’re aligning center. If yours aren’t snapping,
they should just snap easily. If they’re not, go to ‘View’, and make sure
Smart Guides has got this tick on. If it doesn’t, click on it. And now we’re just going to
build the center part. Actually let’s look at one last thing.
I’m going to click both of them. I’m going to go to ‘Type’. Can you do both at the same time? You can. So Type in a Path Options,
make sure Preview’s on. Now ‘Effect’, there’s kind of two
you’ll probably use, Rainbow or Skew. Basically, a Skew will kind of…
I don’t know. It depends what you’re trying to do.
I feel this is like a football… American Football cup launch thing. I don’t really like it for what
we’re doing, you might love it. So, it’s that one, Rainbow, Skew… Gravity might be what you want to use. Gravity’s a little bit different.
It means it’s going to time up the font. So it’s going to be skinnier at the bottom,
than at the top… whereas Rainbow, they’re going to
be the same size either side… the top and the bottom… and just kind of get closer
down the bottom. It’s up to you what you want to do. You might not see very much difference,
don’t worry about it. These other ones, Rainbow, Skew,
yet to use. You might like it,
Rainbow, Ribbon, or Stair Step. I’m yet to use those ones either.
I’m going to go back to ‘Rainbow’… and just play around with my ‘Spacing’. I’m going to go up a little bit?
Well, not that high. I don’t know how I got that high.
Let’s go to ‘0’. It’s pretty cool though,
I have no idea how they do that. You can see, if I crank it up,
it kind of expands the Spacing. You might have to do these separately… because it’s kind of affecting
both of these differently. So, you. Let’s say I want 10 point for
the bottom one, that’s what I’m looking at. And this top one here needs
something different, ‘Type’. ‘Type on a Path’. And this one looks like it needs– Turn Preview ‘on’. That tightens it up.
So what we want to do is ‘-10’. Awesome! So I got both of these guys,
let’s line them up. Centers. Center’s there. I’m just going to draw this bit
in the center now. So now you can probably move on
to the next tutorial… because I’m just going to draw…
first of all, on Type. ‘Certified’. I’m going to use the ‘Tracking’. That will open it up a little bit. Might pick a different font for this,
Font size, sorry. There you go, ‘Certified’. You… Fill color, ‘white’. Line around the outside. I’m going to use the ‘Rectangle Tool’,
it’s going to have ‘no’ Fill… and it’s going to have a ‘Stroke’. One thing we haven’t done yet is– So I’m going to have nothing selected. Rectangle Tool is there.
I’ve got a Fill and a Stroke. They’re in the wrong position, right? You can use this double arrow
here to say… I want the white to be in the Stroke… and I want the No Fill to be in the Fill.
Does that make sense? Watch this. Just kind of switched them around.
So now, that should work. I’m going to grab them all,
and center them. So I’ll use my ‘Black Arrow’. This probably needs to
come up a little bit. Now I’m happy enough with it.
I’m not. There needs to be more Spacing
in this top part. But anyway, we get the feel
for this thing now. So what I’d like you to do is to practice. You might have practiced with this one,
and followed along… but I would like you to go through– I’ve got for you some text
to create your own… kind of icon certification
stamp type thing. It’s in your ‘Exercise Files’. There’s one called
‘Type on a Path exercise’. You think it was a mock association… but there is an association
for pet obesity prevention. If you are a part of this organization… I’m not mocking, just seems
like a fun thing to do. If you’re interested in it,
here’s the website… but basically I just want you to use that. Turn it into a round-all,
kind of lock-up like this… using Type on the Path.
You can do whatever you like. Just like to see it. So, as a project, I’d like you do it,
and then… post a project in the comments
of the Project section. I’d love to see what you come out with. So that’s us for Type on the Path. We are going to move on
to the next video. All right, see you over there. Hi, what did you think of the video? If you enjoyed it, give me a ‘Thumbs up’,
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let me know what you liked about it. Also, this is kind of a short part
of a longer course. If you want to check that out, it’s at This is the Essentials course. There is also another course,
there’s an Advanced course for Illustrator. Also, a UI Web App Design version
of Illustrator course as well. Check all those out. Also, it’s quite a visual course,
I’d love to see what you’ve actually made. On Instragram, I am bringyourownlaptop,
check that out. Also, remember there’s a Cheat Sheet
you can download. Bring Your Own Laptop, it’s free,
under Resources, check all that out. And, yes, I’ll see you in another video. Bye now.


  • Reply Bring Your Own Laptop March 13, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Hi everyone, the full course is here:

  • Reply cik bibc April 18, 2018 at 5:55 am

    You are awesome because you are you ahaaxD

  • Reply P Saunders July 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you so much!!! So helpful!!

  • Reply Faith C Mart. August 26, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I enjoyed this easy to follow tutorial. I also liked the short typography aspect of it and seeing the different effects and type on a path options/effects. Thank you!

  • Reply Stephanie Garcia December 7, 2018 at 8:01 am

    This was so, so helpful. Learned so many things I didn't know in the first 7 minutes. Thanks!

  • Reply Tam Truong December 10, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks, it was so helpful! But I've got a problem – I can't find the line to drag those texts anywhere while working with the circle. Do you have any idea what might went wrong?

  • Reply gustavo lepe January 5, 2019 at 1:52 am

    does anyone is having trouble in illustrator 2019 to rotate the text ?

  • Reply Valerie Flowe May 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks so much for this easy to follow tutorial!

  • Reply Peter Plantec May 17, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Well done, your teaching approach is clear and easy to follow. Your voice is conducive and your content relevant to my needs.

  • Reply Keith Diamond July 1, 2019 at 3:43 am


  • Reply Robin Young July 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks so much! I have been having so much trouble typing on the bottom of the circle. Your explanation of how to manually do this rather than trying to grab the tab and flip (which is fiddly) has been such a great help to me.

  • Reply Manzar khan July 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    thanks it was a nice and i did practice on it wow

  • Reply Ciara Feltham July 14, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    The way you went through everything was super thoughtful 🙂 ty!

  • Reply Lionlollipop July 28, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    love it! simple and learnt so much <3

  • Reply Xavier Christiansen August 14, 2019 at 12:41 am

    i cant get my top text to center

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