I want to fill a shape with multiple lines of text. Similar to the example, so the text remains legible and the shape is clearly identifiable. But I need some sort of separation which the example doesn't have because the text runs all together. I've been using Illustrator to work on this, what other programs are available to use to create this type of typography?
The example you posted works well because of a couple of things:
- A fairly simple shape
- Small text / short words.
Issues you may run into:
Your text will need to be force-justified to go all the way to the edges and give the illusion of the complete shape you are looking for. When you force-justify text, you're likely to create a lot of rivers (gaps) in your copy. You can try hyphenating your text to mitigate some of the rivers, but that could make your text less legible.
If you have text you want to use typed out somewhere, copy it into your clipboard, grab the Type Tool, and click on the outline of your shape where you want your text to begin.
You'll notice that a recycling icon isn't quite as simple a shape as it appears. Text isn't going to fill those little corners on the arrowheads nicely, unless your words are very small. The illusion of the complete shape breaks down.
You can try force-justifying your text, as well as hyphenating (but again, this is likely to create legibility issues). Both of those options can be found in the Paragraph menu.