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How to Create Area Type with Adobe Illustrator

Learn how to create area type with Adobe Illustrator from expert Will "Focus" Dubois in this Howcast video.

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This is How You Create Area Type in Adobe Illustrator.

So, sometimes you have a document or something that you actually want your type to be within a certain shape or a certain area that's actually on your art board.

Normally when we create type, let's go over to our Tools Panel, we look for the letter "T", which is our Type Tool and we can hit that as our shortcut on our keyboard, and we click in here and let's say we type out "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".

I have no clue if that's actually how you spell it, but we're going to roll with it.

So, let's say we have this here. But let's say this is not exciting enough because this is just on a straight line, and because it's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,we want it to be just that, and we want to put it inside of a shape. So, let's create a shape on our art board.

Now this is by far the weirdest shape. You'll probably never use this shape to fill area type, but we're going to go with this for now.

We're going to change the color so that its a brighter color so we can see what we're doing.

And if you were to take your Text Tool, you have the option of holding it down and clicking.

And when you look inside you'll notice that there are various type options. One of them is the Area Type Tool. Now let's select that.

Now you either have the option of selecting that or hovering your Type Tool over the shape. And once you do it, you'll notice that the shape of the Type Tool becomes your cursor with an actual marquee circle around it.

And when you click in that area, you'll notice that the color disappears, and now it's just the outline of the shape. That's because the shape is now an Area Type Tool.

So, if you had text that maybe you just wanted to type in, it would begin to fill that area with the type.

Or if we want to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, paste it and there we go.

And that's how you work with Area Type in Adobe Illustrator.

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