Type On A Path Options

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Creating type on a path is a great feature of Illustrator and is quite handy when sprucing up your typography or experimenting. Annoyingly, the Path Type object always seem to have inconsistent spacing and just doesn’t look right. Luckily, Illustrator has some Text On A Path Options! With these options, you can change the Effect, Alignment, Spacing, and Flip.

Type On A Path Options Dialog

Select the Path Type object and go Type > Type on a Path > Type on a Path Options to bring up the Type on a Path dialog.

Type on a Path Options


Chose from Rainbow, Skew, 3D Ribbon, Stair Step and Gravity to control the orientation of the type relative to the path.


Align To Path

Chose from Baseline, Ascender, Descender and Center to determine what part of the type lines up with the path.

Align To Path


Chose a spacing value to create consistent spacing between characters on a curved path. A higher spacing value brings the characters closer to each other and helps with spacing issues.



Flip the side of the path which the text appears.


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23 thoughts on “Type On A Path Options

  1. oh my goodness 🙂 I don’t even know the function exist before I went here. I knew that Illustrator type on path is not as powerful as other vector application, however some of this still helps in design. Thank you.

  2. I am designing a clock, I need to type numbers around a circle path. should I need to create different circle path for each number or can I type the numbers on same circle path spacing by tab?

  3. Thanks helped me..
    In order to activate ‘type on parth’ option

    Draw an object, and click type on path text tool and type on top of the object


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  5. been lurking for about a month, wish you had been around when I was just starting out, great resource for young vector designers and iconographers.

    Will keep reading!!

  6. wow, thanks for these great tips! I’ve always had issues when working with type on paths in illustrator..these tips will solve a lot of them!

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