Setting type inside of a circle

Mat Lucas's picture


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The only way I could describe what I'm trying to do, is in the picture highlighted.

I have scoured google for answers/tutorials, but all I get is how to set path around a circle.

Anyone know how I would set type like this in inDesign?

Thanks,
Mat.

oldnick's picture

Fit the text to a smaller concentric circle, and set the stroke to zero...

bojev's picture

Set text at 600dpi or above in PhotoShop then use Text Warp tool (see image)

This is quick and dirty but will work.

Mat Lucas's picture

Thanks for the rapid replies guys, bojev indeed dirty and quick, approved! :)

Mat.

Nick Shinn's picture


Key to a Leicester Square Panorama exhibit, 1810.

Mat Lucas's picture

Nick that is beautiful, 1810. I feel ashamed now, with all the technology at my finger tips and still struggling!

This looks insane for someone who has never used letterpress before.

Mat.

BeauW's picture

Setting in a circle can be done in Illustrator, keeping the text live and flowing without distortion.

Kind of a pain though. Draw the baselines manually, Convert to text paths and thread them in the proper order.
You will have to play around a bit. Make some mistakes, like not having the paths in the right stacking order.
But once you set it up- you will have a great re-usable template.

Mat Lucas's picture

Ahhh thats a great way, I tried the quick way as stated above but the amount of rotation was destroying the face, that looks perfect. Thanks BeauW!

Mat.

Joshua Langman's picture

Incidentally, this is possible in InDesign too. Perhaps the easiest way is to draw a circle, copy and paste it on top, and decrease its diameter by 2p (or whatever) and repeat until you have as many circles as lines of type. Then make each circle a path for type, draw some guides for column breaks, and drag the ends of the type paths to the edges of where you want your columns to be. Here's an example. Of course, you can adjust the ends of the paths to make each column a quarter of a circle or whatever. Then you'd copy the whole group of circles, paste them on top, and rotate 90 degrees for the next column.

Josh


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Mat Lucas's picture

Thanks Josh, starting to feel the shame of not knowing how to do this! :)

Mat.

BeauW's picture

As long as you are making trouble for yourself- how about this as a baseline?

I gave up on kerning about halfway through.

Mat Lucas's picture

Jesus! I'd top myself I think, dont think there is enough tabacco & coffee for me to do that! :)

Well played on trying though, what was it for?

Mat.

BeauW's picture

It's just to show the idea- I'm just drawing some Celtic knotwork in Illustrator and realized I could use the centre line I had drawn as a text-path. Connected it to your earlier question and thought it would be funny. I like the effect though, maybe I'll do one for real sometime- but maybe start with a simpler knot.

Joshua Langman's picture

While we're on the subject of intricate text paths, here's my attempt to create the Globe theatre out of the text of Romeo and Juliet.

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