Adobe Illustrator Type Week: Type Tools

Welcome to Type Week!

Starting today, we are going to explore the use of type in Illustrator. We will discuss the different ways that type can be created and modified within Illustrator, and we will use our knowledge of color and shape to explore new ways to communicate with letters and words.


Students will be able to identify, explain and create Point Type, Area Type and Type on a Path in Illustrator.

Student Friendly Objective:

I can use the text tools in Illustrator to create Point Type, Area Type and Type on a Path.

Video Links:

Point vs. Area Type:

Putting Type on a Path:

Topics Discussed:

  • Type Tool
  • Point Type
  • Area Type
  • Overset Type
  • Type on a Path
  • Vertical Type
  • Vertical Area Type
  • Vertical Type on a Path


Create a new Illustrator Web document with four default-sized artboards. Save this document as “YOUR NAME – Type Week”. We will use this document throughout the week to practice with the Type tools in Illustrator.

Watch the “Point vs. Area Type” tutorial video in the link provided above. Follow the tutorial to learn how to create point type and area type using the Type Tool.

  1. After you have watched the tutorial, go to the first artboard in your new document.
  2. If you followed along with the tutorial, you should already have Point Type and Path Type created. If not, create an example of each now using the Type Tool.
  3. Watch the “Putting Type on a Path” video tutorial at the link provided above. Follow the tutorial to learn how to create text that attaches to lines and shapes using the Type on a Path Tool.
  4. Hold the mouse button down on the Type Tool to reveal the other Type tools: the Area Type Tool, the Type on a Path Tool, the Vertical Type Tool, theVertical Area Type Tool and the Vertical Type on a Path Tool.
  5. Try each of these tools, and show an example of each on your artboard. Make sure all your examples fit on one artboard.
  6. Your artboard should include an example of each of the following:
    1. Point Type
    2. Area Type
    3. Type on a Path
    4. Area Type inside a Shape (use the Shape Tool to draw your shape, and click on the path with the regular Type Tool)
    5. Overset Type (type that flows from one Type Area to another)
    6. Vertical Point Type
    7. Vertical Area Type
    8. Vertical Type on a Path
  7. Save your document. We will continue to work with this document throughout the week.

Assigned: February 26th, 2020
Teacher Pacing Due Date: February 27th, 2020