Adobe Illustrator — How to Add Type to a Path

January 4, 2010 / Updated: January 4, 2010 / Lena Shore


I am trying to do something in Illustrator and I can’t figure out how to make it happen. I want to make letters go in a semi-circle, and the help menu says to select Type -> Type on a Path -> and the option I want. My problem is that “Type on a Path” is grayed out.


I decided to start putting more video tutorials online this year. This is my first one. You can tell by the audio sounding like I recorded in a garbage can — but I really didn’t. But, I have to start somewhere! When I get better, maybe I’ll redo the video.

Here is a quick video on how to add type to a path in Adobe Illustrator.

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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.


  1. John on December 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for this video. I am just learning Illustrator and this helped me.

  2. Dan on October 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This is exactly what I need help with, however your video does not appear on my browser. Would you be willing to email me the instructions on how to add type to a path in Adobe Illustrator. Thank you.

  3. Matt on September 25, 2012 at 7:28 am

    HEy Question,

    In regards to you “type on path” video, can you tell me how to get rid of the automatic indention it is putting on the type that has been placed on the path? I want my text to go right up to the edge of the path. No one on the web (so far I’ve found) mentions the fix.

    • Lena Shore on September 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Matt – There is really no “indention”. The type starts where you placed the cursor. However, you can highlight the type and tell it to be centered, left-justified, or right-justified. Additionally, if you find that you placed the cursor too far in – select the path you created and it’s type. Notice the vertical line that appears at the beginning of the type. You can grab that and move it to the left or right.

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