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Skewing Type in Adobe InDesign 2.0

Creating a 3D effect with text on a path By DMN Staff Writer
Editor's note: This week we bring you a special tutorial on Adobe InDesign 2.0 from the folks who ought to know it best: the User Ed group at Adobe itself. We don't often publish articles directly from vendors, but we think that when they're informative and free of marketing jargon, they can be quite useful for our readers. And, of course, we're grateful when developers take the time to supply us with helpful articles with no strings attached.

This particular piece on skewing type is the first in a four-part series on design techniques in Adobe InDesign. If there are any particular techniques you'd like to see addressed in future installments, or if you have any comments about this article, please let me know. You can reach me at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com. --Dave Nagel

The path type tool in Adobe InDesign 2.0 makes it easy to get three-dimensional effects from two-dimensional text. Flow text along a spiral, and then use type effects and text formatting commands to bring it to life.

1. Draw the spiral path. With the pencil tool, draw a spiral shape. The faster you draw, the smoother the path will be. After you?ve drawn the spiral, you can use the direct selection tool to smooth out any bumpy areas. Because a spiral is actually overlapping circles, the path changes directions. This makes it possible for the text to move from front to back as it follows the path.

2. Type text on the path. Select the path type tool, and then position the cursor over the path until a small plus sign appears next to the pointer. Then, click on the path and start typing. Or, if you want to limit the length of text, drag the cursor along the path to define the area for text, and then type. You can also place text, or copy and paste it from another document, just as you would in any other text frame. You can change the paragraph alignment, font, or other attributes for the text. To hide the line you drew, select it and apply a stroke of None.

3. Adjust the position of the text. To move the text along the spiral, select the text with the selection tool and then position the cursor over the start, end, or center bracket until a small arrow appears next to the pointer. Now, drag the bracket along the path until the text is where you want it.

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