How to Add Text in Adobe Illustrator

Adding text in Illustrator is super easy. Simply click the T, type or paste, style it, then you can create either infographics, logos, or anything you want. 

Text is a MUST tool for graphic designers. Believe me, 99.9% of the time you have to work with text in Adobe Illustrator for your design work. Obviously, for posters, logos, brochures, and even on your portfolio, the balance between text and graphics is so important. 

You’d probably seen a lot of text logos such as the famous Facebook and Google. They both start from text. So yeah, if you wish to be a brand designer, start playing with text right now. 

In this article, I’m going to show you two quick and easy ways to add text in illustrator. You’ll also learn some text formatting tips. 

Ready? Take note. 

The Type tool 

You will use the Type tool (shortcut T) from the tool panel in Illustrator to add text. 

2 Ways to Add Text in Illustrator

There are two easy ways to add text for either a short name or longer information. Of course, you can only use one way or another, but it’s always good to know both for different cases and avoid unnecessary troubles. 

The biggest difference is resizing the text, which you’ll see later in this article.

Note: Screenshots are taken from Mac. The Windows version can be slightly different.

Method 1: Add Short Text

This is probably the easiest way to add text. Simply click and type. You’ll see. 

Step 1: Select the Type tool on the tool panel or hit shortcut T on your keyboard. 

Step 2: Click on your Artboard. You’ll see some random text selected. 

Step 3: Double click on the text to delete and type in your text. In this case, I type my name June. 

For logos, names, or any short text, I would really this method, it’s fast and easy for scaling. Remember to hold the Shift key when you scale to keep the same shape. 

Done! Keep reading to see how I format the text to make it look nicer.

Method 2: Add Paragraphs of Text

When you want to add longer text, it can get a bit more complicated. But don’t worry, you’ll find useful tips which will make your life easier. First, let’s add the text in Illustrator. 

Step 1: Obviously, select the Type tool. 

Step 2: Click and drag to create a text box. You will see some random text. 

Step 3: Double click (or Command A) to select all and hit delete. 

Step 4: Copy and paste the text you need. 

Unlike the method above, here you CANNOT scale the text size by dragging the text box. You can only change the size of the text box. 

Note: when you see a small red plus like this, it means that the text doesn’t fit in the text box anymore, so you have to enlarge the text box. 

To change the size of the font, you’ll do the traditional way. I’ll explain now.

Formating Text (Quick Guide) 

If you don’t have the Character panel set up in the Properties panel yet, you should. 

You can change the font style, font size, tracing, leading, kerning in the Character panel. If you have a long text, you can choose the paragraph style as well. 

I have made a couple of formatting. How does it look? 

To change type cases, you can go to Type > Change Case and choose the one you need. Especially for sentence cases, changing it one-by-one can be very time-consuming. 

Here, I change my name to Title Case.

Useful Tips

Choosing a good font is important, but in most cases, don’t use more than three fonts in a design, It can look quite messy. And remember, always add some spacing to your text, it will make a difference. 

Conclusion

Now you have learned two ways to add text in Illustrator. Type tool is super easy to use but you must always pay attention to details. Remember when to use which. You will make something great. 

Have fun styling! 

About June Escalada
Graduated from Creative Advertising major, worked more than eight years as a graphic designer focusing in branding and Illustration. Yes, Adobe Illustrator is my best friend and I’m passionate about art and design.

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