So I have a curving path in Illustrator and I’ve put some text on it using the “Type on Path” tool. I want to make the font size of that text gradually increase towards the middle and then gradually decrease again towards the end.
Any ideas on how to do this?
Sounds like a job for the almighty Envelope Distort. Bonus – you don’t have to expand the text, so you can still edit the text as a live “Type on a path” object.
The easy option is to use one of the options from
Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Warp menu.
If you want more precise control (here’s an example where we really mangle the text)…
Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh, choose a number of rows/columns that suits the shape
2: Adjust the points to taste with the direct selection (
A) tool – make sure the top left ‘Envelope’ button is set to ‘Edit envelope’ on the left.
3: To edit the text while keeping the effect, change the top button to Edit Contents (the star on the right)