Centering multiple words on a path in relation to the segment that each word belongs to. I wish to do this in Illustrator.

Example (what is done so far):

I created a circle and divided it into 12 segments and gave each segment a color. Then I created another circle outside to give each color a label.

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To center the word for each color right above the color it belongs to (see yellow in the example).

  • @BillyKerr Sorry about that, it has been added.
    – kexxcream
    Jan 29, 2020 at 20:45

2 Answers 2


Do Object > Transform > Rotate on the text on the path, rotate it 30 degrees, press "Copy" to make the first copy. Press Ctrl/Command+D to repeat until you have all the text.

Edit the text with the text tool.


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If you know you want each item equidistant, you can use tabs.

Merely select the type and choose Window > Type > Tabs from the menu. And set tabs to all be the same distance. And, of course, have a tab in the text between each item.

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This keeps all the type on a path on the same circle, making editing easier at times.

You can also use the Paragraph Panel and set the type to Force Justify with simply a space between each word. This will evenly distribute the text on the path except between the first and last item.

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To fix the first/last item issue, throw in a random character as the last item. Set the cursor right before it and change the kerning to compensate for the character. Then set the character's color to none.

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