So, in doing a commissioned logo for a church, I learned the hard way that, apparently, font-skewing (as opposed to warping) has been removed in Illustrator CS6. I'm not sure why and now that I'm looking for a clean alternative, so far, to no avail.

I want to create my own skewed font-face, I'm wondering what other Illustrator artists, who use CS6 and CC, are doing to sharpen their skew technique, if at all.

How can I make text lean to the left or right, ie. skew or shear it, in Adobe Illustrator CS6 or CC?

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From the menu, choose Object > Transform > Shear or Right Mouse Buttonenter image description here/Control-Click (Mac) and choose Transform > Shear. That Should do the trick.

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You could also go to the Transform Panel in the top right of your screen (Or Window > Transform), like you can see in the following screenshot:

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In addition to @GiantCowFilms I would like to contribute to a third way to do it:

I also use E to bring the Transform tool, click and drag the upper (or lower) middle manipulator and while dragging I hold Ctrl to start the Shear. I also use Shift+Ctrl to avoid distortions.

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