Framed Picture: Creating your own text in shapes with Illustrator

Welcome back to another Print For Fun blogpost! We’ve seen many people print their own designs as a framed picture – be it for themselves or a gift for a loved one. So today, we thought we would share how you can create shapes using text using Adobe’s Illustrator. Illustrator is one of the common application that people use to design their artwork. Plus, for those who are familiar with Photoshop will find some similarities between Illustrator and Photoshop with its tools.

In today’s blog post, we would be using mostly envelope distort to have the text merge with the shape. If that sounds confusing to you, don’t worry. We will break it down in simple steps for you!

Before using envelope distort, you would need a shape and a text first. You can start by creating a shape you would like. Let’s start with a circle:

In Photoshop, the image or text is usually on top of the shape. However, in Illustrator, have the image or text to be below the shape.

Afterwards, select object > envelope distort > make with top object.

And there you have it! The text will be distorted into a circle shape. Do take note that the colour is based on the text colour instead of the shape. You can change colour of the font in whichever colour you prefer. And that’s it!

If you wish to try something challenging, you can split the shape in various sections and then filled up with various words/texts.

First use a pen tool and line up various section. This takes some trial and error to get use to the pen tool as you may accidentally latch on to other sections of the shape.

Afterwards, use object > envelope distort > make with top object for each section and text. And voila! There you have it!

Wrapping Up

Creating your own text in shape design using Illustrator is really as simple as that! The examples are just some ideas that can get you started. Give it a try and unleash the creativity inside! Once you’re happy with your design, get them printed with us as a framed picture.

We hope you find this blog post helpful.

‘Till next time!