I'm having an issue with my Adobe Illustrator CC2020 24.3.

Im attempting to create a type on a path logo, with the one layer of text flipped so it reads the same way on both sides. I am able to create the path with the eclipse tool, and I am able to get the type on the path.

However, after that, the tool doesn't work properly. I am not able to see the tool handles/tips where the lines to flip and adjust the type.

I have done an experiment where I was able to create the type on a path on illustrator CC2018 version 23.0.1, on another machine, and then opened it in my illustrator, the opened file sees the tools, but if I copy and paste the type into my document, then the tools disappear again.

Please help

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Choose View > Show Edges from the menu.

You can disable highlighting via this menu command and its shortcut. It appears as though the highlighting is merely disabled.

You may have inadvertently hit the shortcut - Command/Ctrl+h

Note the object highlighting is different and separate from the bounding box... which would be why you see the bounding box but no object highlighting in your first image.

  • Thanks Scott, My rookie Mistake. You're the brains in this operation! I have another question : Remember Freehand? lol. Yes, back in the day you could paste a shape onto a path and duplicate it too, almost using it as type. Is this still possible with illustrator? Ive cut and pasted paths and im not succeeding.. any input would be most appreciated.
    – Brendan
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 20:17
  • Hi @Brendan, Although I was certainly working in the heydays of the AI vs FH wars :)... I was never a FH user - always preferred AI.. so I'm completely unfamiliar with FH. In AI you can't paste anything "into" a path. You can create a clipping mask using shapes though. Which is essentially one shape with other objects inside it. The help files for "Clipping Masks" can explain more than I can here.
    – Scott
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 20:27
  • @Brendan, you can in InDesign. Check out this answer.
    – Wolff
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 21:06
  • @Brendan I used to be a Freehand user. Yes you could paste vector shapes into text, either text on a path, or just ordinary text - it was called an "inline graphic". As far as I know, Illustrator never had such a feature. I miss it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 22:11

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