How To Underline Text In Adobe Illustrator

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Known for its capacity to produce top-notch vector graphics, Adobe Illustrator is a popular component of the Adobe Creative Suite. However, beginners may find the software overwhelming due to its wide range of tools and features. A notable feature is the option to underline text, which may not be as effortless as in other programs such as Microsoft Word. But fret not! This blog post will offer a detailed walkthrough on how to underline text in Adobe Illustrator.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Select the Text

First, you need to either create new text or select existing text that you want to underline. You can do this by using the Text Tool, which is represented by a ‘T’ icon in the toolbar.

Step 2: Create a New Line

Unlike other software, Adobe Illustrator does not have a built-in underline feature for text. The workaround is to create a line using the Line Segment Tool (\) and position it underneath the text to simulate underlining.

Here is how you can do it:

1. Select the Line Segment Tool (\) from the toolbar.
2. Click and drag the cursor beneath the text to create a line. This will act as your underline.
3. Release the mouse button to place the line.

Step 3: Adjust the Line

After creating the line, you may need to adjust its length or position to match the text above. To do this, select the Selection Tool (V) from the toolbar, click on the line, and then adjust its anchors as needed.

Step 4: Customize the Line

If you want to customize the line’s color, thickness, or style (e.g., dotted or dashed), you can do so in the Stroke panel, which can be accessed through Window > Stroke.

Step 5: Group the Text and Line

Finally, you should group the text and the line together so that if you move the text, the underline will move with it. Select both the text and line by holding down the Shift key and clicking on each. Then, right-click and select Group from the context menu.


And that’s it! You now know how to underline text in Adobe Illustrator. Although the process is more manual compared to other software, it gives you greater control over the appearance of your underline. So, happy designing!