How To Edit Text In Adobe Illustrator

Although Illustrator is a fantastic tool for generating graphics and images, it may be challenging to change the text after it has been written. In other cases, you could be attempting to add text after creating your graphic and simply be unsure of how to do it.

The simplest way to edit the text in Adobe Illustrator is to use the Type tool. Simply choose the Type tool from the Tools menu. The text may then be freely edited by adding a line or a paragraph, formatting it, positioning it along a path, or changing its shape.

Even if you’re a newbie, the step-by-step instructions in the guide below will enable you to change the text at will in Adobe Illustrator in no time. Go on reading!

How to Edit Text in Illustrator

As simple as it may appear, a text-based design can occasionally cause you more problems than a vector graphic. When text dominates a design, a lot of work is required for it to appear appealing.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change or add a line of text or a paragraph, format the text, place text on a path, and reshape it. The steps listed below are simple and easy to understand, even for a beginner.

Learn more about how to edit the text in Illustrator using the tips in the video below:

Add a Line of Text

These few steps are all you need to follow to add a single line of text to your design.

  • Click to insert fresh placeholder text into the document while the Type tool is active in the Tools panel. Point type refers to this generic text— type to change the text that is currently selected as the placeholder.
  • From the Tools panel, choose the Selection tool. The text will have a box surrounding it. It is referred to as a text object. 
  • To alter the text’s size, drag one of the text object’s corners.
  • Reposition the text by dragging.

Add Paragraphs of Text

If you have more text to add than just a line, then you may use this option to add paragraphs of text to your design.

  • Drag fresh generic text into the document while using the Type tool in the Document window. Area type is the name of this generic text. 
  • Type to change the text that is currently selected as the placeholder. Text documents (RTF, Word, TXT, and other formats) can be placed in a text object (File > Place).
  • To resize the text object or enclose the text inside, only drag an edge. Overset text is defined as text that doesn’t fill within the text object and is denoted by a red plus sign in the lower-right corner of the box.
  • Using the selection tool, move the text item.

Format Text

Text that is already there may need to be formatted, especially if it is important to the way your design looks. The simple and quick procedures outlined below show you how to format text in a project.

  • Put the cursor into the text after choosing the Type tool. To pick the text, drag over it.
  • Change text formatting options like font family and font size in the Properties window to the right of the document.
  • To view a list of Adobe typefaces, click “Find More” after choosing a font from the Font Family menu. 
  • To synchronize an Adobe font with your PC, select a font from the collection and click Activate. 
  • Click “Show Activated Fonts” to display the synchronized fonts.
  • By choosing the text, going to the Properties panel to the right of the document, selecting the fill color option, and picking a color, you may alter the color of the text.

Place Text On or Inside a Path

Photoshop also allows you to place text on or inside a path using the steps listed below.

  • Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click the border of a path with said Type tool selected to add text.
  • To pick the text, drag over it. Adjust text formatting choices like fill color, font, and font size in the Properties panel on the document’s right side.
  • Choose the Selection tool, place the pointer outside of a text object’s edge, then drag it to move.

Re-Shape Text

Last but not least, you can re-shape your text into a design by following these simple steps below.

  • To choose a text object, choose the Selection tool and click.
  • To transform the text into customizable paths, select Type > Create Outlines.
  • To rearrange the letters separately, click the Ungroup option in the Properties window.
  • Drag every letter individually while using the selection tool.
  • To choose anchor points, choose the Direct Selection tool and drag over a segment of a letter.


There are many things you can do with text in graphic design, including simple character styling and typeface creation. We’ve offered several tips and techniques for text editing; we hope that you will put them to great use and come up with something original.