Fill a letterform with Text (Illustrator Tutorial)

There are times that a letterform itself makes for a perfect text container. The letter ‘g’ I’ve used here really was really perfect without text but the shape was too divine to ignore it. The font family (Pistilli)  it came from was designed by Claude Pelletier and is free from the usual free font websites. Thank you so much for sharing, Claude.

Filling a letterform with text in Illustrator is easy enough when there are no inner shapes to deal with, eg, the letter ‘T’. Then simply go to Type>Create Outlines and use the Area Type tool to type or paste some text into the outline of the letter.

Things get a little peskier when there are inny-bits! It’s not difficult though but you have to deal with compound paths and text wrapping – and creating a separate outline to finish it off.

I’ve written an Illustrator tutorial in lots of baby steps with screen grabs to help even the most inexperienced Illustrator user – download the Text In Shape tutorial here:

Text in Shape Illustrator tutorial.

I hope it comes in useful for you.

Make Glossy Buttons with Illustrator

illustrator tutorial

These glossy buttons are very easy to make and quick to do. I’ve written up an Illustrator tutorial and set out the step-by-step instructions for you. Feel free to download it here:

Free Illustrator Tutorial – Make Glossy Button

Making these definitely falls into my ‘Something nice to do on a rainy day’ category – like making this Something nice to do… graphic yesterday. I could write up a tutorial for this if you want it – drop me a line if you’d like it.
illustrator tutorial

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