1. Select the Circular Text Box on your tool palette.
2. Click and drag on the page to create your shape.
3. Go to the Item menu, highlight Shape with your cursor and then when the flyout menu pops out highlight the Freehand shape which is the shape at the very bottom that looks like a squiggly line. Click on the squiggly line (freehand shape).
4. Type in your text. Style as you need with font and size.
5. Select all of your type. Center your type either by clicking on the Center button in the Info/Measurements palette or by holding down CMD+SHIFT (CTRL+SHIFT on PC) and then pressing the C key. This will force your type to the top of the curve.
6. If you need this type at the BOTTOM of the curve, then go to the Item Menu and highlight Modify. Click on Modify.
7. Select and click on the Text path tab. You will see a little check box towards the left that says "Flip Text". Click on that. Click the OK button. Your copy is now centered upside down. To fix this we have to rotate the text circle.
8. So, either enter 180 degrees for rotation on the Info/Measurements palette OR go to the Item Menu, highligh Modify and click and then go to the Line tab where you will find a box that says "Angle" and enter 180, then click ok. You may also use the Rotation tool on the tool palette if you desire.
9. To make it look right at this point you can baseline shift and/or manipulate the Align Text popup tab on the Text Path tab in the Modify box (Item menu>Modify).
The following I just updated here, 2-12-2010:
10. To get rid of the guide line (the circle) make the line 0 pts in both the info bar and by going to Item>Modify. In both spots the line will be indicated as hairline BEFORE you make this change. You want it to be 0.
11. On your color palette make sure the line color is set to None IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE LINE TO PRINT. No color. No print. Everything else will print just fine unless you specifically tell XPress NOT to print it.
Hope that helps.
Erik Youngren | Mac Pro 2.8Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon | InDesign CS4 | Suitcase Fusion 5
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