How to skew font in illustrator

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How to skew font in illustrator
Type can have a greater impact when it's skewed at an angle. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Adobe Illustrator is an indispensable tool for digital designers who create artwork and design text for publication. If you want to create text on a skewed slant or perspective, you must first change the text to outlines, which effectively renders the text as individual shapes. You can then apply a skew effect as well as fill the shape with colour or apply any other graphic effect.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open a new Illustrator document.

  2. 2

    Select the "T" or text tool from the tool palette. Click on the document, then type your text.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the text with the cursor. Select "Create Outlines" from the pull-down menu. Each letter becomes an outlined shape.

  4. 4

    Select the "Free Transform" tool from the tool palette, or click "E" on the keyboard.

  5. 5

    Place the cursor on a corner handle of the text box. Press "Shift" and left-click with the mouse, then press "Ctrl" or "Command" (Mac).

  6. 6

    Move the mouse with the text selected and the text will skew or slant. Alternately, press "Ctrl," then scroll to "Shear" on the submenu. Enter a value in the "Shear Angle" text field. Select either "Horizontal" or "Vertical" shear. Click "OK."

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