CreativePro Tip of the Week: Transforming Type Shapes in Illustrator

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In Adobe illustrator, it’s easy enough to fill a shape with type. Just take the Type tool and click on closed path. Then paste in your text or start typing. But what if you want to transform just the shape after you put the text in it?

The trick is to select just the shape and not the text. To do that, take the Direct Selection tool then hold the Option/Alt key and click on the path. This selects all the points on the path.

transform type shape Adobe Illustrator

You can now apply rotation, scaling, skewing, etc and it will only affect the object, not the text.

rotated type shape Adobe Illustrator

By the way, this trick works exactly the same way in InDesign.

Posted on: May 15, 2017

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

1 Comment on CreativePro Tip of the Week: Transforming Type Shapes in Illustrator

  1. Great tip, Mike. Thanks!

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