Type on an arc?

haresy's picture

I'm doing a logo re-design for a client, and they've specifically requested the company name in a circle.

Has anyone found a way to decently arc text? I've used the "Type on a path" tool in Illustrator, but the text always looks off to me - either the letterforms start blending together, or the kerning is a nightmare.

Here's another company's example of what I'm trying to do (not mine): http://www.yellowcabchicago.com/images/logo.gif

Reed Reibstein's picture

I know that Leslie Cabarga's Logo, Font, and Lettering Bible details this (and other similar techniques) explicitly (without using Type on a Path), though I don't know how much detail he goes into on kerning it properly.

bojev's picture

Read your Visual Quickstart for Illustrator book (Peachpit Press) This is an easy and standard skill in Illustrator once you start to understand it. We used to use a program called Adobe Type Align but all of that was folded into Illustrator as was Adobe Streamline ( the tracing program). TypeStyler is another program that does this but has been in a holding pattern for a number of years.

haresy's picture

Thanks, auricfuzz and bojev.

I've used this technique before, but it's not a favourite - it might just be my eyes, but it never looks right to me.

I remember using Streamline many years ago. I also remember the copy I had always wanted to crash, usually during a save.

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