I have created type in a path in Illustrator, but the text is facing to the right - I would like to see it so it is readable at the top. Would appreciate any tips. Thank you!

  • Actually, I mean I want the text to face in toward the circle instead of right-facing. Thx@ – bess Aug 30 '18 at 17:47
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    Hi Bess, welcome to GDSE. I'm having difficulty visualising your problem. Any chance you could add a screen capture of the problem you are having? Thanks. – Billy Kerr Aug 30 '18 at 18:12
  • Hit Ctrl+Y
  • Hit A and zoom in on your text
  • See those thin lines I've marked in red below. Drag them around and see what happens. Undo, redo, until you understand whats going on.

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i'm having a hard time picturing your issue, but maybe what you're looking for is the "Type on a Path" options. from the "Type" dropdown at the top, go to

Type on a Path > Type on a Path Options...

Type on a Path Options

make sure that "Preview" is checked (mine was unchecked by default), and try adjusting the settings to see if you get the results you're looking for.


Some guessing is needed, but maybe you simply want to change the direction or the starting point of the text or move it to the inside from the outside or vice versa. See the following image:

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  1. A circle and a textbox, the content of the box is wanted along the circle

  2. The starting and ending point markers are initially at the same place, I clicked with the Type on path tool the circle at the red arrow and pasted the text from the clipboard. As well it can be typed. The green arrow shows the inside-outside marker. It's now = "out"

  3. Dragging the markers with the direct selection tool moves the text. It's now inside and has different starting point. The text cannot be mirrored, it stays readable. The small dots in the markers are reflowing handles. They are used to make a longer text to continue along another shape.

  4. If it happens that you knew already what has been said above and actually you wanted this, it needs 3D effect Extrude&Bevel to extrude the circle. The textbox in (1) has been dragged to the Symbols panel and taken from there as mapped artwork in the Extrude dialog.

Facing towards the circle can also be the following:

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The text has been written with the vertical type tool, outlined, rotated to horizontal, dragged to the brushes collection & defined to be a pattern brush.

That brush has been applied to a circle. The original circle vanishes, the visible circle is inserted afterwards only for reference.

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