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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: https://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cc/point-vs-area-type-2/

Putting Type on a Path: https://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-illustrator-cc/putting-type-on-a-path-2/

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

Intro to Typography – Helvetica Reflection 2019

Last week, we watched the movie Helvetica, which explores not only the history and development of the Helvetica typeface and typography and design in general, but also explores the dichotomy between the adherence to established principles of design and the desire to express one’s stylistic individuality and vision. To further explore these ideas, please visit my Google Classroom page, and open the attached Google Form to answer the questions provided.


  • I can reflect on the concepts and ideas introduced in the movie Helvetica by expressing my ideas in a brief reflective writing exercise.

Vocabulary Words:

  • Typeface
  • Modernism
  • Post-Modernism
  • Rational
  • Humanistic


Helvetica Film Website: https://www.hustwit.com/helvetica

Google Classroom

Topics Discussed:

  • Modernism
  • Grid Design
  • Rational
  • Post-Modernism
  • Humanist


  1. Visit my Google Classroom to view the current assignment.
  2. Open the “Helvetica Reflection 2019” Form attached at the bottom of the latest post.
  3. Answer each of the questions in the document using complete sentences.
  4. You must have at least one complete sentence for each question in each prompt. (If you see two question marks, you need at least two sentences!)
  5. When you are finished, submit the form. If you need to go back and edit your answers, you can revisit the form page and change your answers anytime.
  6. Please submit this form to me before end of day on Tuesday, October 1st.
  7. When you are finished with this Helvetica Reflection assignment, you may work on any assignments that are past due.
  8. Remember that all past due assignments MUST be turned in before end of day on Thursday, October 3rd to receive credit.
  9. If you have completed all your assignments, the rest of the time is yours. Please use it wisely and quietly, and thanks for all your hard work this term!

Assigned: September 30th, 2019
Teacher Pacing Due Date: October 1st, 2019