Using Text Wrap in combination with the Area Type Tool in a compound shape in Illustrator
2009 at 04.41 pm posted by Veerle Pieters
One of the requests I received lately was how you can flow text into a compound shape. To flow text into a shape you use the Area Type tool, but this doesn’t work for compound shapes. In this screencast I show you a workaround to this problem.
What we will create
As you can see the heart shape is a compound path as there is a gap in the middle.
If you combine this with the Text Wrap feature, by wrapping the text around the smaller heart we can solve this problem. Then of course we also need to make sure the gap is remained. Let me show you how you can do this...
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