I'm looking for a dynamic solution where I can dynamically put a background behind a type that is bent along a path. So far I've only come up with the dynamic effect "Convert to shape: Rectangle"-option for straight text boxes. Here's an example of what i am trying to achieve dynamically:

1.) Have text around a circle's path

2.) Have a background applied automatically to cover the underlying circle, and have it the cover-background end up with the right angles so it looks as if cut out of the underlying circle.

  • One method might be to create an opacity mask on the circle, but the mask would need to be manually edited if you change the length of the line of text. It's not dynamic/automatic. Would this suffice? – Billy Kerr Jul 16 '18 at 16:04

Selecting the path with the Direct Selection Tool add a large Dashed Line with a small gap:


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  • while this is easy to edit, it's not dynamic, is it? I think the OP is looking for a solution where the size of the gap automatically updates if the text is changed. Possibly a good workaround because it automatically creates the neat rectangular cut-offs the OP is looking for. – cetequ Aug 15 '18 at 13:24

I do not believe it is possible to have a dynamic background for type on a path.

In every instance it would require breaking the link between the type and the path, removing any form of dynamic control. Methods to create the background can be myriad - from envelope distortions, to art brushes, but none of them would be dynamic.

What I typically do is create the background on straight text, using a fill and Convert to Shape as pointed out in the question, then use Envelope Distort to match an arc or curve. This is about as close to dynamic edit ability as I have found.

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