Adobe Illustrator: Variable font size along a path



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?

2/27/2013 11:07:00 PM

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)...

1: Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh, choose a number of rows/columns that suits the shape

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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.

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3: To edit the text while keeping the effect, change the top button to Edit Contents (the star on the right)

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2/28/2013 12:55:00 PM