This is the Area Type Tool I've created:

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I'd like to:

  1. Center it (also) vertically, so if I resize the width/height area it will keep both the vertical and horizontal alignments
  2. Add a background color to the area (red, for example)

How would you do it?

  • Direct Selection Tool > Select the text frame > choose a filling color

Txt area

  • Not sure why, but when I click on "red" it colors the text, not the background :( – markzzz Jun 25 '18 at 7:00
  • Use the Direct Selection Tool, but click exactly at the text field border, if you can't use the Outline View Mode. The selection frame is different than selecting a text field. – user120647 Jun 25 '18 at 7:20
  • I did. But the background color doesn't change :O – markzzz Jun 25 '18 at 7:35
  • If you still in outline view Mode you will not see any color – user120647 Jun 25 '18 at 7:37
  • I'm not in Outline View Mode (CTRL+Y). – markzzz Jun 25 '18 at 7:47

Kind of tricky in AI CS6. Both native features in InDesign.

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In illustrator I would make the background an independent rectangle and center the text over it.

This will give you more control of borders and spacing.

Center justify your text:

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Make a rectangle, select both it and your text and align both horizontally and vertically:

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This text can be edited or resized and will remain centered on the rectangle.

  • Every time I change the text size, I need to realign, right? Or can be automatic? – markzzz Jun 22 '18 at 22:58
  • No if the text is both center justified and center aligned with the background rectangle than stays centered when you resize it – Webster Jun 22 '18 at 23:01
  • How do you center "respect" another object? (such the rectangle) – markzzz Jun 22 '18 at 23:06
  • I changed the picture to show the align tool. Two objects can be selected and center aligned with each other – Webster Jun 22 '18 at 23:15
  • Yes, but "in that moment". Once I resize the text, it lost the alignment between text and rectangle. I need to redo the selection+alignment. They are not "linked" forever :O – markzzz Jun 23 '18 at 7:45

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